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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Hospital art helps cut stress in patients

BEAMING images of art and positive messages from family members directly into a hospital room has been found to reduce stress and anxiety levels in patients.

Irish company Vivartes has developed a web-based tool known as Open Window which allows patients to keep connected with their family and friends, and the outside world.

Now a Trinity College study has found that the tool can significantly reduce anxiety, depression and stress among patients in isolated or long-term care settings.

The concept allows art and patient-focused personal content to be displayed as a 'virtual window' on the wall of the patient's room.

The window illustrates video art, art works and photography produced by national and international artists as well as images of significant places or family events submitted by family members over their mobile phone.

fdillon@herald.ie

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