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Hospital Murals Evaluation (HoME)

Lead Researchers

Marcel Foster, Nisha Sajnani

Status

In-progress

Lead institutions

NYU Steinhardt

Type

Evaluation

Institutions

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Research Protocol

The Effects of Viewing Visual Artwork in Healthcare Settings: A Scoping Review Protocol

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The design of hospitals and care settings makes a difference to the experiences of patients, staff, and visitors. In the first study of its kind, the Hospital Murals Evaluation (HoME) seeks to advance a robust understanding of the impact that murals in hospitals and other clinical settings can have on people who view these large visual artworks.

Scope

The project includes a formative evaluation in Nigeria, Slovenia, the US, and the UK, assessing possible correlations between viewing murals and workplace belonging, the perceived quality of care, and wellbeing. The chosen project sites will include murals on display in a variety of locations within hospital settings, such as waiting rooms and lobbies, patient wards, and walkways.

Studies have demonstrated that murals promote public health in neighbourhoods, and artists have been commissioned the world over to transform spaces in healthcare settings. This evaluation will lay the groundwork for future analyses, and inspire momentum and investment in transforming healthcare environments into true spaces of healing across diverse cultural contexts. The project was initiated in October 2023, with an anticipated completion date of October 2025. 

Deliverables

In the first stage of HoME, researchers will complete a scoping review that draws on existing evidence about how the visual arts impact wellbeing, wellness, and belonging in healthcare settings. Researchers will also conduct an initial evaluation to identify and map key community members’ perceptions of the impact of murals in hospitals. 

The second stage of HoME will draw on these learnings, and embark on a formative evaluation with data collected from patients, visitors and caretakers, and healthcare staff, with the aim of discovering what matters most about these murals in each cultural context.  

Project team

Led by Marcel Foster (JAHL, NYU Steinhardt) and Dr Nisha Sajnani (JAHL, NYU Steinhardt), the research team consists of members from the Jameel Arts & Health Lab, the Center for Arts and Medicine at the University of Florida, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Norwich University of the Arts, the Arts in Medicine department at NYC Health + Hospitals, and the University Children's Hospital, University Medical Centre Ljubljana.

Support for this project is provided by the Alexander and Ilse Melamid Foundation and The Arts in Medicine department at NYC Health + Hospitals.

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Visual Arts, Craft, and Design Creative Arts Therapies Consortium Adults

Research Team

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Marcel Foster

Lead Researcher, NYU Steinhardt

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Nisha Sajnani

Lead Researcher, NYU Steinhardt

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Victoria Blanchette

University of Florida

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Tessa Brinza

NYU Steinhardt

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Nils Fietje

WHO Europe

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Olaitan Komolafe

University of Florida

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Jennifer Kuo

University of Florida

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Jane Morgan Daniel

University of Florida

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Haley Moyse Fenning

Hospital Rooms

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Yewande Oshodi

Lagos University Teaching Hospital

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Varshini Oyadar

Harvard University

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Mary Peng

Harvard University

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Marko Pokorn

University Children’s Hospital of Ljubljana

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Anna Runefelt

Nordic Art Initiative

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Cris Sanhueza

University of Florida

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Kehinde Sodimu

Lagos University Teaching Hospital

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Tim Shaw

Hospital Rooms

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Nicola Simpson

Norwich University of the Arts

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Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig

University of Florida

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Larissa Trinder

New York City Health + Hospitals

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Niamh White

Hospital Rooms

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Simon Willmoth

Norwich University of the Arts


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