In adults with psychosis, how effective is art therapy in improving patient outcomes?
There is limited evidence available on art therapy for adults
with psychosis. More high quality research into this area is
required to adequately assess the effectiveness of art therapy.
Clinical and research implications
The limited available evidence suggests that art therapy offers
no clear benefits for patients with psychosis, over and above high
quality standard care provided by secondary-care mental health
services (including care co-ordination, pharmacotherapy and the
option of referral to other services as needed).
The only high quality study had poor participation rates, which
(as noted by the study authors) may have impacted measures of
effectiveness. Further studies may be informative, in particular
studies comparing different types of group activity intervention
and patients preferences for different activity options and
comparing these types of interventions to lower levels of standard
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