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ERIC Number: EJ803186
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-4283
A Qualitative Review of Walsall Arts into Health Partnership
Dooris, Mark
Health Education, v105 n5 p355-373 2005
Purpose: This paper aims to describe the context, process and findings of a qualitative review of Walsall Arts into Health Partnership, which is widely acknowledged to be one of the most progressive community-based arts and health programmes in the UK. Design/methodology/approach: The research adopted a multi-method qualitative approach to gathering data, using a combination of documentary analysis and semi-structured interviews and focus groups with a range of stakeholders. Findings: The findings highlight a number of emerging themes categorised under four broad headings: impact of the Arts into Health work on health and wellbeing of the people of Walsall; effectiveness; key characteristics; and future development of the Arts into Health Partnership. Research implications: The research findings point to the value of community arts and health work and to the importance of a partnership approach. However, current debates regarding evaluation approaches within the field point to the need for clarification regarding values, the use of multiple methodologies and engagement with a diversity of stakeholders. Originality/value: This paper provides an overview of the local and national arts and health policy contexts within which the review took place--shortly before a major restructuring of the health service; outlines the research methodology; presents and discusses the key findings, outlines recommendations; and discusses subsequent action and the impact of the research. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)