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Museum Moving to Inpatients: Le Louvre à l’Hôpital

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Cardiology, Policlinique Médicale, Hôpital R Muret, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Paris Seine Saint Denis, F-93270 Sevran, France
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Department of Geriatric Medicine, Hôpital R Muret, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Paris Seine Saint Denis, F93270 Sevran, France
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Department of Pharmacy, Hôpital R Muret, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Paris Seine Saint Denis, F-93270 Sevran, France
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Department of Addictions, Hôpital R Muret, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Paris Seine Saint Denis, F-93270 Sevran, France
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Musée du Louvre, F-75001 Paris, France
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Board of Directors, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Paris Seine Saint Denis, F-93000 Bobigny, France
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(2), 206; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16020206
Received: 29 November 2018 / Revised: 30 December 2018 / Accepted: 10 January 2019 / Published: 13 January 2019
Anxiety and depressive symptoms are common in hospitalized patients. Arts and cultural programs were reported to enhance their quality of life. The Le Louvre à l’hôpital study presents a new approach in which the museum moves to the hospital by displaying and discussing artworks with patients interactively. Over one year, four large statues were disposed in the hospital gardens, 30 reprints of large painting were exhibited in the hospital hall, dining rooms, and circulations areas. A total of 83 small-group guided art discussions (90 min) were organized, which 451 patients attended. The 200 small-size reproductions of paintings placed in the patients’ rooms were chosen based on their individual preferences. Decreased anxiety after the art sessions was reported by 160 of 201 patients (79.6%). Out of 451 patients, 406 (90%) said the art program had met their expectations, and 372 (82.4%) wished to continue the experience with caregivers (162 paramedics trained for art activity during 66 workshops). In conclusion, moving the museum to the hospital constitutes a valuable way to provide art activities for inpatients in large numbers, which may reduce hospital-related anxiety in many instances. View Full-Text
Keywords: art therapy; museum; hospital-related stress art therapy; museum; hospital-related stress
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Monsuez, J.-J.; François, V.; Ratiney, R.; Trinchet, I.; Polomeni, P.; Sebbane, G.; Muller, S.; Litout, M.; Castagno, C.; Frandji, D. Museum Moving to Inpatients: Le Louvre à l’Hôpital. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 206.

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