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,Her report has called for more use of the arts in medical recovery. It was reported that people using art to recover from medical issues were greatly assisted with their recovery. After six months, patients had 37% less demand for doctors' appointments and their hospital admissions fell by 27%.
The arts can play a significant role in physical and mental well-being, especially for those who are lonely or suffer from mental health issues.
An all-party parliamentary group looked at two years of evidence on the impact of arts programmes on communities and has recommended that more are set up.
In Gloucestershire and Wiltshire doctors offer art lessons on prescription for those with strokes, chronic pain and mental health issues.
Elaine Wilkes, who suffers from depression, has attended an eight week course. She told Sky News: "I had no confidence in myself, I rarely went out and then started to come here.
I was very reluctant at first but it was just wonderful doing something and gagging the nag - that's the awful thoughts going on in your head.
By doing art it stopped it happening because you're thinking about something else."
People are using the arts to help them recover from their illnesses. People who are lonely or have mental health issues are among those who can benefit.
The report, which hopes to influence ministers, local authorities and NHS England, looked at the impact of programmes such as Artlift in Gloucestershire, which provides a bridge between the arts and the health sector with its creative programmes for people affected by a range of health issues.
Another project - a library for homeless people - was set up in Manchester; and the Alchemy Project in London uses dance as a form of early intervention of psychosis.
According to the report, programmes like these help people recover more quickly from their illnesses.
Lord Howarth of Newport, one of those who worked on the report, said: "The time has come to recognise the powerful contribution the arts can make to our health and well-being.
This report sets out comprehensive evidence and numerous examples which demonstrate the beneficial impact of the arts.
However, we have also found that engagement in the arts in health and social care is unevenly spread and occurs little if at all in many places."
Analysis by the University of Gloucester found that after taking part in the course for six months, patients had 37% less demand for doctors' appointments, their hospital admissions fell by 27%, which meant a net saving of £216 per person.