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Museums improve wellbeing and public health

The evidence base for the effects of museums on health and wellbeing keeps growing.

Professor Helen Chatterjee at University College London is an early champion of research on culture, health and wellbeing, having set up the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance in the UK in 2018. She has now further contributed to evidence supporting the benefit of culture, nature and community-based approaches to health and wellbeing.

Her research is the first in the UK to systematically assess the benefits of social prescribing or 'museums on prescription' across a large group of people. The quantitative evaluation showed that emotional and mental wellbeing of participants, from refugees to those with dementia and mental health issues, improved. The research contributes to the increasing evidence that can influence museums and government policy.

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Blog posts & articles

Museums improve wellbeing and public health

The evidence base for the effects of museums on health and wellbeing keeps growing.

Professor Helen Chatterjee at University College London is an early champion of research on culture, health and wellbeing, having set up the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance in the UK in 2018. She has now further contributed to evidence supporting the benefit of culture, nature and community-based approaches to health and wellbeing.

Her research is the first in the UK to systematically assess the benefits of social prescribing or 'museums on prescription' across a large group of people. The quantitative evaluation showed that emotional and mental wellbeing of participants, from refugees to those with dementia and mental health issues, improved. The research contributes to the increasing evidence that can influence museums and government policy.

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