What did I find?
According to findings done by molly bathje, the field of occupational therapy stemmed from the arts and crafts movement (bathje, 2012)
"early coursework in ot included training in specific craft mediums such as needlework, weaving, leatherwork, and book binding" (Bathje, 2012)
patients who are able to creatively express themselves had a sense of purpose, built social support, and gained a sense of self (Bathje, 2012)
Research is being conducted to show the cost benefits of arts in healthcare. This includes less frequent doctor visits and hospital stays (rollins et al., 2009)