Art on prescription
A trip to the British Museum may be one of the social prescribing options outlined by U.K. doctors (Wikimedia Commons)
British Doctors May Soon Prescribe Art, Music, Dance, Singing Lessons
Campaign is expected to launch across the entire U.K. by 2023
An ambitious initiative unveiled this week by British Health Secretary Matt Hancock may soon enable the country’s doctors to prescribe therapeutic art- or hobby-based treatments for ailments ranging from dementia to psychosis, lung conditions and mental health issues. Writing for the Times, Kat Lay explains that this unconventional strategy, described by the U.K. government as “social prescribing,” could find patients enrolled in dance classes and singing lessons, or perhaps enjoying a personalized music playlist.
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