Art Therapy


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

1 Sep 2023

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes

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Activity Description

Creative art therapy is a complementary therapy used to assist patients with serious illness to ameliorate symptom burden and adapt to the stressful life experiences associated with a life-limiting diagnosis. This activity reviews the definition of art therapy as defined by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) and highlights personnel qualifications, techniques utilized, and application in palliative care patients.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, and nurse practitioners.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Review the definition of palliative care and art therapy.
  • Describe the techniques and personnel needed for creative art therapy in palliative care.
  • Summarize the clinical significance of art therapy in palliative care patients, including cancer sufferers, chronic heart failure, HIV/AIDs, dementia, and end-stage renal disease patients.
  • Outline the importance of the an interprofessional approach involved in the care of a palliative care patient and the importance of integrating alternative therapies such as creative art therapy to improve patient outcomes for patients with serious illness.


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  3. Study the educational content of the enduring material.
  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit and a certificate, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
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This educational activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. Faculty may discuss investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration. Readers should verify all information before employing any therapies described in this educational activity.

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