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Integrating Art Therapy into Palliative Care: Man's Identity Exploration in Tattoo Preservation

      Art therapy is an evidence-based practice facilitated by a credentialed art therapist that uses creative interventions for self-expression, introspection, and well-being.
      • Srolovitz M
      • Borgwardt J
      • Burkart M
      • et al.
      Top ten tips palliative care clinicians should know about music therapy and art therapy.
      Art therapists are increasingly available to palliative care teams to meet patients’ and families’ psychosocial needs.
      • Srolovitz M
      • Borgwardt J
      • Burkart M
      • et al.
      Top ten tips palliative care clinicians should know about music therapy and art therapy.
      Palliative care and art therapy share a common purpose: to support personalized treatment goals and to promote emotional resilience and insight. The overlapping and complementary nature of these approaches to holistic care represents an opportunity for more organized collaboration. In this letter, we describe a case example to help illustrate recommendations for how palliative care teams can effectively integrate and partner with art therapists.
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