The health impacts of place-based creative programmes on older adults’ health: A critical realist review

Enrico Bellazzecca*, Simon Teasdale, Olga Biosca, Dawn A. Skelton

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Place-based creative programmes can help alleviate the structural and place-related problems that affect older adults' health. However, it is unclear why these programmes achieve positive outcomes, and how these may vary across contexts. This critical realist review aimed to address these gaps. We were able to evidence why these programmes may work for older people's mental, social and physical health. Place-based creative programmes impact on health because they support social relatedness, motivation, self-continuity and self-efficacy. However, the circumstances under which and for whom these programmes work remain hidden since existing studies do not report sufficiently on context. We set out some of the general aspects of context that could form the basis of minimum standards for reporting.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102839
JournalHealth and Place
Early online date09 Jun 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022
Externally publishedYes

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PbCPs became formalised in UK social policy under New Labour at the end of the 1980s (Crossick and Kaszynska, 2016: 104). Over time, their role in collaborative approaches to health equity has been reinforced through policy discourse, as well as through waves of public spending (Belfiore and Bennet, 2010). For example, the UK Government has invested in place-based creative initiatives with a strategic operational role in health, by encouraging healthcare practitioners to refer people to PbCPs as a source of support and inclusion in their local community (APPGAHW - All-Party Parliamentary Group on ArtsHealth and Wellbeing, 2017).

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  • Ageing
  • Context
  • Critical realism
  • Health and well-being
  • Place-based creative programmes
  • Review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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