Aesthetics for everyday quality: one way to enrich healthcare improvement debates

Alan Cribb (Lead / Corresponding author), Graham Pullin

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Abstract

In this paper we seek to illuminate the importance of aesthetics for healthcare quality and encourage more explicit discussion of aesthetics in healthcare improvement scholarship and practice. We hope to contribute to and help develop the hinterland between arts-based initiatives in healthcare and the 'normal business' of healthcare quality improvement. Our broad contention is: (1) That aesthetic considerations should be seen as of universal relevance across quality debates (2) That they never be assumed to have a marginal or even secondary status; and (3) That taking aesthetic considerations seriously calls for explicit discussion of associated uncertainties and dilemmas and a readiness to welcome aesthetics expertise into improvement debates.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012330
Number of pages9
JournalMedical Humanities
Volume48
Issue number4
Early online date24 Feb 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2022

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