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Why should healthcare facilities have “healing art”?

Imagine yourself as a patient, confined to a bland room, undergoing diagnostic tests, recovering from serious surgery or in long-term care. In addition to your likely discomfort, you have a great deal of anxiety to deal with, while you are removed from your normal surroundings. Physicians and administrators often say the average patient is well cared for physically, but may be emotionally ignored. They support the objective of reducing anxiety and providing healing art, because a relaxed patient is a better patient (and will likely be released sooner). 
Patients heal faster surrounded by art that delivers a visual connection to the outdoors and that brings cheerful color to bland interiors. This extraordinary art can be an antidote to discouragement and depression common with patients in hospitals. 

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