Helping Patients Heal Through The Arts

Albuquerque, New Mexico (CNN) — Patricia Repar conducts weekly rounds at the University of New Mexico Hospital not in a white coat and stethoscope, but in street clothes and carrying, quite often, an armful of CDs, Native American flutes and even instruments she has designed herself.

Although Repar is a musician, not a medical doctor, her role as director of the hospital’s Arts-in-Medicine program is perhaps no less integral to the care and healing of some of the institution’s sickest patients.

“It is often the case that seriously ill patients are suffering from things that cannot be relieved with pills or procedures,” says Repar, who founded the program in 2002. “We listen for what those things are and try to address them.”

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