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Images in paediatrics
Art therapy with a child with pulmonary hypertension
  1. S McGregor1,
  2. M Morton2
  1. 1Creative Therapies, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2Academic Unit of Mental Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michael Morton, Academic Unit of Mental Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, Caledonia House, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow G3 8SJ, UK; Michael.morton{at}

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An 11-year-old girl with life-limiting pulmonary hypertension was offered art therapy as a mode of communication about her condition. Hour-long therapy sessions were weekly, over 5 years during which her condition improved and she prepared to move on to college. No claims are made for art therapy apart from it being part of her treatment. She said she needed art therapy because …

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  • Contributors The therapy described was undertaken by SM, who also took the photographs and wrote a draft paper. MM supported her in choosing the images that best illustrated a long piece of work and also provided supervision and support in editing the paper to a point where submission could be considered.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.