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A novel art intervention called 'Open Window' is under evaluation in the SCT unit. This consists of a virtual window in patients' rooms which allows them to connect with works of art, film, music and the outside world. The project was funded following a competitive grant by the Irish Cancer Society and has subsequently been supported by Vodafone Foundation Ireland and the Bone Marrow Leukaemia Trust.

Photo Professor Shaun McCann and Curator of the project

Catherine McCabe from the School of Nursing is evaluating the intervention and hopes to submit her results to TCD for a PhD in 2008. Denise Roche is curator and Fran Hegarty is project manager. The Director of the Study is Professor Shaun McCann and the study is unique in that it is the first randomised trial of an art intervention in the treatment of patients with haematological malignancies.


F Hegarty, C McCabe, D Roche, S McCann.
Using multimedia technology to help combat the negative effects of protective isolation on patients: the Open Window Project - engineering challenge. Journal of Visual Communications in Medicine. 32, 3;72-77.2009.

Denis Roche, Philip Napier, Brian Maguire and Shaun McCann.
A Clinically Useful Artwork? Between a Dialogical and a Relational Approach to Art in a Clinical Environment
The International Journal of the Arts in Society 3, 2008.

C McCabe, C Begley, S Collier S McCann. Methodological issues related to assessing and measuring quality of life in patients with cancer: Implications for Patient Care. European Journal of Cancer Care. 17 (1): 56–64. 2008.

Principal Investigators

Principal Investigator Email Telephone
Professor Shaun McCann +353 1 896 2659
Ms Catherine McCabe    

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