Arts on Prescription Programmes in Denmark, Germany, Poland, Latvia and Sweden
19 October 2023
Arts on Prescription is a concept that has already been tested as small-scale programmes in the UK, Sweden and Denmark and has been proven to have a positive effect on mental health. Moreover, Arts on Prescription programmes can provide opportunities to reduce the financial burden on health systems and helps to provide alternative, cross-sectorial and non-therapy approaches in health service provision.
There remains a lack of an EU-wide perception and knowledge on the planning and implementing of such a relatively new concept and how to integrate it into regional health care systems. In particular, public authorities are challenged by the insufficient collaboration between culture and health sectors, a lack of knowledge on how to set up, organise and evaluate an AoP programme and the need for long-term financing.
To overcome these challenges, this Interreg Baltic Sea Region project will develop an Arts on Prescription programme model that is based on state-of-the-art evidence and experience, which the project partners will adapt to their local context and public health systems within the involved partner regions.
Furthermore, an information package and a four-module train-the-trainers programme will be provided to decision makers, programme coordinators and link workers to explain the value of AoP and to guide them in how to set up an organisational framework, and how to facilitate and evaluate an AoP Programme. An upcoming online practitioners guide will include how-to-guides, fact sheets, lessons learned and audiovisual guidance for link workers, culture and arts facilitators, and decision-makers on various aspects of setting up an Arts on Prescription programme.
Public authorities and cultural and health institutions will start their first out of three piloting phases in October 2023, in which the following seven Arts on Prescription programmes will be tested and evaluated: