Wellbeing and Participatory arts:

Participatory arts

Developing and evaluating a participatory arts programme for cancer patients and their caregivers

Cancer patients, survivors and caregivers often encounter severe distress, having significant consequences to wellbeing, functionality and physical health. Evidence suggests that psychosocial therapies and support can reduce symptoms of distress experienced by cancer patients and caregivers. This study developed and evaluated a participatory arts programme to determine if such could help to improve the wellbeing of cancer patients and their caregivers. This project was led by Honorary Visiting Professor of The Positive Ageing Research Institute and the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care, Philip Debruyne. For more information please contact Professor Philip Debruyne. 

 

Funding and collaborators

The project was funded by the Belgian Foundation against Cancer, The Kortrijk Oncology Fund, King Baudouin Foundation, and Stand up to Cancer, the Flemish cancer society.
The collaborators on this project include:
Professor Philip Debruyne, AZ Groeninge Hospital, Honorary Visiting Professor ARU
Laura Tack, AZ Groeninge Hospital
Dr Pauline Lane, ARU
Rebecca Chandler, ARU
Professor Tom Boterberg, Ghent University 
Professor Jos De Backer, LUCA School of Arts 
Professor Patricia Schofield, Sheffield Hallam University 
 

Publications

Lefebvre, T., Tack, L., Meersman, M., Vanneste, H., Cool, L., Van Eygen, K., Stellamans, K., Derijcke, S., Vergauwe, P., Backer, J., Chandler, R., Lane, P., Boterberg, T., & Debruyne, P., R. (2020). Developing and evaluating a participatory arts programme for cancer patients and their caregivers. Submitted.