The PAINT project: International maPping exercise of Arts Interventions in reNal uniTs

Trisha Forbes*, Helen Noble, Anna Wilson, Clare McKeaveney, Claire Carswell

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• Introduction
Many patients living with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) experience a reduced quality of life, with depression affecting up to one-quarter of patients and a higher prevalence rate for anxiety compared to the general population. The use of the arts to promote and support health and wellbeing has received ongoing attention since the publication of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing report in 2017 outlining the benefits of the arts on psychological, social and physical health and wellbeing, and the World Health Organisation 2019 report on the evidence for arts. The Renal Arts Group (RAG) is a collaborative research group aimed at developing and evaluating arts interventions to improve the physical and psychological quality of life of those living with kidney disease.
• Aims
The PAINT Project is an international mapping exercise to identify the current provision of arts programmes for renal patients. The project was co-produced with a consortium made up of members of RAG in partnership with arts programmes in the Philippines, United States, Ireland and at the World Health Organisation.
• Methods
A mixed methods approach is taken to identify the current provision of arts interventions in renal units. An online survey is currently ‘live’. A series of semi-structured interviews with renal units will further explore the delivery of arts interventions.
• Results
The survey is due to close in October 2023. Early findings have confirmed that dialysis patients who have the opportunity to be involved in arts activities in renal units seem to greatly benefit from doing so. The qualitative interviews are underway.
• Conclusion
Full findings and conclusions of the study will be available for dissemination in February 2024.
• Impact
This project will identify policy recommendations for future development of arts in health programmes for renal patients and will provide an overview of what is being offered globally.
1. All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry Report 2017 Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing [Accessed Online] Available at:
2. Fancourt, D. and Finn, S. (2019). What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being? A scoping review. World Health Organisation [online] Available at:
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 05 Feb 2024
EventMarie Curie Research Conference 2024 - Online
Duration: 05 Feb 202409 Feb 2024


ConferenceMarie Curie Research Conference 2024
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