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Palliative care gets creative

​Each time Amy Jones and Angela Wibben enter an inpatient room at University of Colorado Hospital, they do so as caregivers. They are licensed therapists, but they carry surprising resources: yarn, paints, brushes, musical instruments and other objects more familiar to the world of art than the domain of medicine.

Jones and Wibben are, respectively, art and music therapists for a new program at UCH that incorporates the creative arts in palliative care. They began seeing inpatients in late September, melding their creative skills and therapeutic training to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of patients enduring serious medical conditions.

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