WHO, Lancet and Jameel Arts & Health Lab launch new research collaboration on the health benefits of the arts
The Jameel Arts & Health Lab and the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced the launch of a research collaboration on the health benefits of the arts. The 'Jameel Arts & Health Lab - Lancet global series on the health benefits of the arts' was announced at a side event during United Nations General Assembly Healing Arts Week at a reception that followed the WHO75 Wellbeing Concert at Carnegie Hall.
The series builds on a 2019 WHO report regarding the benefits of the arts on health and wellbeing. The series, expected to be published in 2024, focuses on noncommunicable diseases, raises awareness around the existing body of evidence for the role of arts in health and offers recommendations on policy guidance, programme scaling and stakeholder collaboration.
Christopher Bailey, co-founding director, Jameel Arts & Health Lab, spoke at the launch reception, saying: "Our measures should reflect this holistic approach, focusing not solely on reduction of symptoms but on how the arts may help us cope, achieve our potential, be productive, and active members of a community. This special Lancet series will look at the health benefits of the arts and creative expression not solely from a medicalised view, but a holistic asset-based approach as well."