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article imageBad-choice art a pain for patients

By Carolyn E. Price     Jan 2, 2007 in Health
'The Queens were creeping them out'
What started out as an art therapy experiment that was meant to raise patient's spirits and keep them calm, seems to have totally backfired.
"The idea was to try to brighten up the place and make it alive," said Robert Roberts, head of the Ottawa Heart Institute. "But our choice of austere paintings instead increased our patients' blood pressure slightly. Most people who have a heart attack come here to feel better. But, the paintings made people feel tense, and nurses noticed patients were more agitated while waiting to have their blood pressure tested."
The works of art entitled "The Queens" by artist Shirley Brown had "very piercing eyes were not necessarily the most pleasant thing to look at or cheer you up when you're in pain", Mr Roberts said.
Another piece by Paul Butler with the words "getting there is half the fun" splashed across the canvass was deemed a bad choice to greet patients heading into an operating room, he added." A bad choice?
"Knowing what to put in and where is part of the experiment," Mr Roberts explained. So far, we've found that it's important to have colourful, cheerful paintings rather than serious content."
What kind of a comment is this. Were these guys were actually trying to do this to the patients, because every single piece seems to be totally inappropriate. This program and the hospital don't seem to know the meaning of good taste. Why in the world would they put a bunch of paintings that seem to have exactly the opposite effect of what they were after.
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