I worked as an art therapist on a dialysis unit in Cleveland, Ohio for five years. A music therapist (who made individualized tapes for each patient) joined me, and together we were successful in uplifting the mood and environment of the unit, both for the patients and the staff.

We were certain we prevented blood pressures from dropping when people worked with us, and attempted a study to prove this. Unfortunately, statistics got in the way and we were never able to finish the study.

Nevertheless, we remain steadfast in our belief that art and music therapies benefit and improve the dialysis experience.

Sara Dickman, M.S., ATR with Marianne Kallen.