Canadian Doctors Will Start Prescribing Museum Visits

Submitted by: trimble 1 month ago in News & Politics


A group of Canadian doctors are to begin prescribing trips to an art gallery to help patients improve their health.

An excerpt from MedicalXpress: A partnership between the Francophone Association of Doctors in Canada (MFdC) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) will allow patients suffering from a number of physical and mental health issues, along with their loved ones, to take in the benefits of art on health with free visits.

The pilot project is unprecedented globally, according to its organizer. The project will see participating physicians prescribe up to 50 visits to the MMFA during treatment, each pass valid for up to two adults and two minors.

So far 100 doctors have enrolled to take part over the course of a year, Nicole Parent, head of the MFdC, told AFP Thursday. The numbers offer proof that doctors have "a sensitivity and openness to alternative approaches if you want" Parent said, citing scientifically proven benefits of art on health.

The benefits are similar to those patients can get from physical activity, prompting the secretion of a similar level of feel-good hormones, and can help with everything from chronic pain to depression, stress and anxiety.

The pilot program will allow organizers to gather data and analyze results, allowing for the development of protocol for identifying patients. Parent said she hopes other museums in Canada will follow the lead of the MMFA, which since 2016 has cultivated expertise in art therapy for people with a variety of health ailments.

"I am convinced that in the 21st century, culture will be what physical activity was for health in the 20th century," said MMFA director Nathalie Bondil in a statement. "Cultural experiences will benefit health and wellness, just as engaging in sports contributes to fitness," she said.
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Male 501
This is an insult to my profession. The little evidence that exists has shown some benefits while participating in creation of art, not staring at pictures. You're far better off spending this time on physical activity. What's going on with the physicians overseas? 
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It sounds great but it sounds more like and overburden Social Health Care system that is merely trying to find a placebo rather than treating people
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Male 18,342
LOL 5Cats was hoping for free weed
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