Here is a compilation of resources about arts and humanities in relation to healthcare education and practice. We aim to update this regularly, so please feel free to suggest books, articles, policy reports, websites and other resources for inclusion here by emailing

All-Party Parliamentary group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing. Creative health: the arts for health and wellbeing – Inquiry report.

Anderson M, Dunn J, editors. How drama activates learning: contemporary research and practice. London: Bloomsbury; 2013.

Arts Council England, (2007), A Prospectus for Arts & Health,London: Arts Council England.

Arveklev, S. H., H. Wigert, L. Berg et al. (2015), ‘The Use and Application of Drama in Nursing Education – An Integrative Review of The Literature’, Nursing Education Today, 35 (7): 12-17.

Bates, V., A. Bleakley and S. Goodman (eds) (2014), Medicine, Health and the Arts: Approaches to Medical Humanities, London: Routledge.

Baxter, V. and K. E. Low (eds) (2017), Applied Theatre: Performing Health and Wellbeing, London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama..

Belling C. Commentary: sharper instruments: on defending the humanities in undergraduate medical education. Academic Medicine. 2010;85(6):938-40. 

Bishop, J. (2008), ‘Rejecting Medical Humanism: Medical Humanities and The Metaphysics of Medicine’, Journal of Medical Humanities, 29(1): 15-25.,mn2.

Bleakley, A. (2016), Medical Humanities and Medical Education: How the Medical Humanities Can Shape Better Doctors, London and New York: Routledge.

Bleakley, A., L. Lynch and G. Whelan (eds) (2017), Risk and Regulation at the Interface of Medicine and the Arts: Dangerous Currents, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Boler M. Feeling power: Emotions and education. London: Routledge; 2004.

Bouchard, G. and M. O’Brien, eds. (2014), ‘On Medicine’ [special issue], Performance Research, 19(4).

Bouchard, G. (2018), ‘The Interval Between Bodies’, Performance Research, 23 (4-5): 237-240.

Bouchard, G. (forthcoming), Performing Specimens: Contemporary Performance and Biomedical Display, London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

Bouchard, G. (forthcoming), Performing Specimens: Contemporary Performance and Biomedical Display, London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

Bourdieu P. The logic of practice. Stanford university press;1990. 

Brodzinski, E. (2010), Theatre in Health and Care. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Brodzinski, E. (2014), ‘Performance Anxiety: The Relationship Between Social and Aesthetic Drama in Medicine and Health’, in V. Bates, A. Bleakley and S. Goodman (eds), Medicine, Health and the Arts: Approaches to Medical Humanities, 165-185,London: Routledge.

Brodzinski, E. (2016), ‘The Patient Performer: Embodied Pathography in Contemporary Productions’, in A. Mermikides and G. Bouchard (eds), Performance and the Medical Body, 85-98,London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

Caring Words: Poetry for Healthcare professionals

Case, G. A. (2014), ‘Performance and the Hidden Curriculum in Medicine’, Performance Research, 19 (4): 6-13.

Dakari, V. and Rogers, C. (eds) (2018), ‘Medicine and/in Theatre’ [special issue], Critical Stages, 17.

Draper J. (2014) Embodied practice: rediscovering the ‘heart’ of nursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Fancourt, D. (2017), Arts in Health: Designing and Researching Interventions, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Fisher AS, Thompson J. (2020) Performing Care, New perspectives on socially engaged performance. Manchester: Manchester University Press

Frank, A. ([1995] 2013), The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics, Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.

Gallagher A. (2020), Slow Ethics and the Art of Care. Melbourne: Emerald Publishing Limited

Gallagher K. The social habitus of drama: the Ontario drama curriculum in theory and practice. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance. 2016 Jan 2;21(1):20-36. 

Gallagher S, Payne H. (2015) The role of embodiment and intersubjectivity in clinical reasoning. Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy. 2015;10(1):68-78. 

Goldingay S, Dieppe P, Mangan M, Marsden D. (Re) acting medicine: applying theatre in order to develop a whole-systems approach to understanding the healing response. Research in Dama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance. 2014;19(3):272-9. 

Harrison HF, Kinsella EA, DeLuca S. Locating the lived body in client–nurse interactions: Embodiment, intersubjectivity and intercorporeality. Nursing Philosophy. 2019;20(2):e12241.DOI: 10.1111/nup.12241

Hawkins, S. (2010), Nursing and Women’s Labour in the Nineteenth Century: The Quest for Independence,Abingdon: Routledge. 

Hojat, M., T. P. Brigham, E. Gottheil, G. Xu, K. Glaser and J. Veloski (1998), ‘Medical Students’ Personal Values and Their Career Choices A Quarter-Century Later’, Psychology Reports, 83 (1): 243-8.

Jupp, E. (2017), ‘Why are Medical Shows Turning up at the Fringe’, 31 July 2017.

Kimmings, B. and B. Lobel (2016), A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer, London: Oberon Books.

Kirklin, D. B. (2002), ‘Acquiring Experience in Medical Humanities Teaching: the Chicken and Egg conundrum’, Medical Humanities, 28: 101.

Kneebone, R. (2016), ‘Performing Surgery’, in A. Mermikides and G. Bouchard (eds), Performance and the Medical Body, 67-82,London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

Kristeva, J., M. R. Moro, J. Ødemark and E. Engebretsden (2018), ‘Cultural Crossings Of Care: An Appeal To The Medical Humanities’, Medical Humanities,44: 55-58.

Kuppers, P. (2007), Scar of Visibility: Medical Performances and Contemporary Art, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Kuppers, P. (2017), Theatre and Disability, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Larsen, H., P. Friis and C. Heape (2018), ‘Improvising In The Vulnerable Encounter: Using Improvised Participatory Theatre In Change For Healthcare Practice’, Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 17 (1): 148-65.

Lobel, B. (2012), Ball & Other Funny Stories About Cancer,London: Oberon Books.

Lorenz, K. A., M. J. Steckart and K. E. Rosenfeld (2004), ‘End-of-Life Education Using the Dramatic Arts: The Wit Educational Initiative’, Academic Medicine, 79 (5): 481-6.

Lupton, D. ([1994] 2012), Medicine as Culture: Illness, Disease, and the Body, London: SAGE 

Marshall, G. R. E. and C. Hooker (2016), ‘Empathy and Affect: What Can Empathied Bodies Do?’, Medical Humanities, 42: 128-34.

McDonald, M. (2016), The Long and Winding Road: Improving Communication with Patients in the NHS, Marie Curie.

McLaughlin, D. and J. Scott (2017), ‘Snapshot – Generating a Medical Dramaturgy: Live Intersections Between Intermediality and Health’, in V. Baxter and K. E. Low (eds), Applied Theatre: Performing Health and Wellbeing, 238-40,Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Mermikides, A (2020) Performance, Medicine and the Human. London and New York: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

Mermikides, A. and G. Bouchard, eds. (2016), Performance and the Medical Body. London and New York: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

Mermikides A, Richardson S, Firth T, Newcombe P, Norman K. Treading carefully. British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing). 2018 Jul 12;27(13):728-. 

Murray, S. and J. Keefe ([2007] 2016), Physical Theatres: A Critical Introduction, Abingdon: Routledge.

NHS England (2016), Compassion in Practice: Evidencing the Impact,London: NHS England.

Nicholson, H. ([2005] 2014), Applied Drama: The Gift of Theatre, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Noonan, I. P., A. M. Rafferty and J. Browne (2016), ‘Creative Arts In Health Professional Education And Practice: A Case Study Reflection and Evaluation of A Complex Intervention To Deliver theCulture & CareProgramme At The Florence Nightingale School Of Nursing & Midwifery, King’s College London’, in S. Clift and C. Paul (eds), Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health, and Wellbeing: International Perspectives on Practice, Policy and Research, 309-316, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Osman M, Eacott B, Willson S Arts-based interventions in healthcare education Medical Humanities 2018;44:28-33.

Paley, J. (2014), ‘Cognition and The Compassion Deficit: The Social Psychology Of Helping Behaviour In Nursing’,Nursing Philosophy, 15 (4): 274-87.

Parker-Starbuck, J. (2011), Cyborg Theatre: Corporeal/Technological Intersections in Multimedia Performance, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Parker-Starbuck, J. (2016) ‘A Cabinet of (Medical) Curiosities’ in Mermikides, A. and G. Bouchard, eds. (2016), Performance and the Medical Body, 23-36, London and New York: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

Parmar, B. (2014), The Empathy Era: Women, Business and the New Pathway to Profit, London: Ladygeek.

Partos, H. (2016), ‘Play The Part: Theatre Show Teaches Student Nurses Compassion’The Guardian, 14 December.

Pellegrino, E. D. (1974), ‘Educating The Humanist Physician: An Ancient Ideal Reconsidered’, JAMA, 227 (11): 1288-94. Reprinted in B. Dolan, ed. (2015), Humanitas: Readings in the Development of the Medical Humanities, 148-66, San Francisco: University of California Medical Humanities Press.

Performing Medicine

Preston, S. (2016), Applied Theatre: Facilitation: Pedagogies, Practices, Resilience, London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. 

Radcliffe, M. (2016), ‘Storying, Fiction And Philosophy: Turning Our Attention To The Traumatised Or Damaged Nurse’, Medical Humanities, 42 (1): 26-30.

Reason, M. and N. Rowe (2017), Applied Practice: Evidence and Impact in Theatre, Music and Art, London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

Regnier, M. (2018), ‘Sick of the Theatre’, Wellcome Trust Stories, 1 August 2018.

Rosenbaum, M., K. Ferguson and J. Lobas (2004), ‘Teaching Medical Students and Residents Skills for Delivering Bad News: A Review of Strategies’, Academic Medicine, 79 (2): 107-117.

Royal College of Nursing (2020), Gender and Nursing as a profession report. Royal College of Nursing; London.

Royal College of Nursing (2018), The UK Nursing Labour Market Review 2018,London: Royal College of Nursing.

Royal Society for Public Health (2013)Arts, Health, and Wellbeing Beyond the Millennium: How far have we come and where do we want to go?

Sawday, J. ([1995] 1996), The Body Emblazoned: Dissection and the Human Body in Renaissance Culture, London: Routledge.

Schechner, R. ([2002] 2013), Performance Studies: An Introduction, London and New York: Routledge.

Shaughnessy, N. (2012), Applying Performance: Live Art, Socially Engaged Theatre and Affective Practice,Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Shepherd-Barr, K. (2006), Science on Stage: From Doctor Faustus to Copenhagen, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press.

Siles-González, J. and C. Solano-Ruiz (2016), ‘Sublimity and beauty: A view from nursing aesthetics’, Journal of Nursing Ethics, 23 (2): 154-66.

Smith, P. (1992), The Emotional Labour of Nursing: Its Impact on Interpersonal Relations, Management and Educational Environment, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Smith, P. (2012), The Emotional Labour of Nursing Revisited: Can Nurses Still Care?, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Sontag, S. ([1978] 1991), Illness as Metaphor, London: Penguin.

Spiro, H., M.G. McCrea Curnin, E. Peschel and D. St. James (eds) (1993), Empathy and the Practice of Medicine: Beyond Pills and the Scalpel, New Haven and London: Yale University Press.

Stahl, D., ed. (2018), Imaging and Imagining Illness: Becoming Whole in a Broken Body, Oregan: Cascade Books.

Thompson, J. (2015), ‘Towards an Aesthetics of Care’, Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 20 (4): 430-41.

Wear, D. and J. Bickel (eds) (2000), Educating for Professionalism: Creating a Culture of Humanism in Medical Education, Iowa City: University of Iowa Press.

Whitehead, A. and A. Woods (eds) (2016), The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Willson, S. (2016), ‘Moving Medicine’, in M. Evans and R. Kemp (eds), Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq, 218-26,London: Routledge.

Willson, S. and P. Jaye (2017), ‘Arts based learning for a Circle of Care’, Lancet, 390: 642-3.

Radcliffe, M (2013) Stranger than Kindness, Bluemoose.