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

Alan Cribb, Graham Pullin

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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: (i) that aesthetic considerations should be seen as of universal relevance across quality debates (ii) that they never be assumed to have a marginal or even secondary status; and (iii) 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
JournalMedical Humanities
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 17 Jan 2022


  • arts in health/ arts and health; medical humanities; philosophy of medicine; healthcare education


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