The Impact Of Art On Wellbeing In Autoimmune Disease PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 09:11
taken from http://www.flickr.com/photos/georgiap/2230846846/ via creative commonsAn innovative Newcastle research project is measuring the impact of creating art on the symptoms and overall wellbeing of people living with an autoimmune illness.

A team at the University of Newcastle, in conjunction with the Autoimmune Resource and Research Centre at John Hunter Hospital, is working with participants with a range of autoimmune illnesses including Lupus, Scleroderma, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sjögren's syndrome. Dr Kathryn Grushka from the University said the team was monitoring improvements to participants’ sense of wellbeing and measureable indicators of health, particularly levels of stress.

“Stress is a major flare factor for autoimmune illnesses. We are testing levels of the stress hormone cortisol by taking saliva samples before and after artmaking workshops,” Dr Grushka said.

Participants’ quality of life and functionality is being measured by reviewing digital and written diaries and through standard health assessments, such as testing mobility, blood pressure and heart rate.

The study consists of artists, non-artists and those without an autoimmune illness, with all participants asked to produce artworks based on personal experiences. The results are due to be published in early 2012.

Work created through the project will be displayed in the halls of John Hunter Hospital from Tuesday 4 October, Lupus awareness month, until January 2012 as part of Hunter New England Health’s ‘Arts for Health Program’.

 
More articles :

» Raynaud's Syndrome

John W. Hallett, Jr., MDJanuary 2008Raynaud's syndrome is vasospasm of parts of the hand in response to cold or emotional stress, causing reversible discomfort and color changes (pallor, cyanosis, erythema, or a combination) in one or more digits....

» Analytical Chemistry Used In Systemic Sclerosis Study

Scientists have used methods to identify new target autoantigens in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc).The study, published by , stated that antinuclear antibodies (ANA) can normally be found in 90 per cent of SSc patients with the use of...

» Capillary Regeneration in Scleroderma: Stem Cell Therapy Reverses Phenotype?

Jo N. Fleming, Richard A. Nash, D. O. McLeod, David F. Fiorentino, Howard M. Shulman, M. Kari Connolly, Jerry A. Molitor, GretchenHenstorf, Robert Lafyatis, David K. Pritchard, Lawrence D. Adams, Daniel E. Furst, Stephen M....

» Scleroderma Study Results Comes As Bitter Disappointment

Elizabeth Lombard has .The disease, which has no cure, has long confounded South Boston, where a cluster of longtime residents from the City Point section - most of them middle-aged women - were falling ill with it. The residents, who lived near a...

» Herbs

Herbs are generally a safe way to strengthen and tone the body's systems. As with any therapy, you should work with your health care provider to get your problem diagnosed before starting any treatment. You may use herbs as dried extracts (capsules,...

» Unite Against Scleroderma 2014

For the fourth year running, we will be hosting our annual “Unite Against Scleroderma” Awareness Walk. Scheduled to start from 2:30pm, the Walk would be held on Saturday 3rd May, 2014 and cover one full lap around the Queen’s Park Savannah,...