NYC Health + Hospitals and The Jameel Arts & Health Lab collaborate on largest ever evaluation of the impact of murals in hospitals

The Jameel Arts & Health Lab evaluates murals in hospitals in a global study measuring their effects on perceptions of wellbeing, quality of care and workplace belonging.

Nisha Sajnani, co-director of the lab, says: "We are interested in the question of what a hospital can look like. What role do artists have in re-imagining spaces of care? We hope that HoME inspires momentum and investment in transforming healthcare environments into true spaces of healing across different cultural contexts."


NYC Health + Hospitals is participating in a first-of-its-kind global evaluation of the impact of murals in hospitals, being led by the Jameel Arts & Health Lab (JAHL) and NYU Steinhardt in collaboration with the World Health Organization.

In the first study of its kind, HoME seeks to advance understanding of the impact that murals in hospitals and other clinical settings can have on people who view these large visual artworks including patients, staff, and visitors. The project will involve a mixed-methods study at sites in Slovenia, Nigeria, the UK and US, assessing possible correlations between viewing murals and workplace belonging, perceived quality of care, and wellbeing.

The HoME research team, overseen by NYU Steinhardt Associate Professor and JAHL Co-Director, Dr. Nisha Sajnani, and co-led with JAHL Research & Evaluation Associate, Marcel Foster, MPH. The team consists of members from the Jameel Arts & Health Lab, the Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida, Harvard University, a research team from the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, The Art of Healing, Norwich University of the Arts, Hospital Rooms, the Arts in Medicine department at NYC Health + Hospitals, the University Children’s Hospital in Ljubljana, and the Nordic Art Initiative.

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