Creative arts therapy improves quality of life for pediatric brain tumor patients receiving outpatient chemotherapy. 


Abstract. This mixed methods pilot study evaluated the effects of the creative arts therapy (CAT) on the quality of life (QOL) of children receiving chemotherapy. A 2-group, repeated measures randomized design compared CAT with a volunteer’s attention (). Statistical analysis of the randomized controlled phase of the study suggested an improvement in the following areas after the CAT: parent report of child’s hurt () and parent report of child’s nausea (). A nonrandomized phase, using a different instrument showed improved mood with statistical significance on the Faces Scale (P <.01), and patients were more excited (P < .05), happier (P < .02), and less nervous (P < .02). Provider focus groups revealed positive experiences. Case studies are included to exemplify the therapeutic process. With heightened interest in complementary therapy for children with cancer, future research with a larger sample size is needed to document the impact of incorporating creative arts into the healing process.

Research Collaborators​
Mowry, P., Gao, D., McGuire Cullen, P., & Foreman, N. K.