Wandering through the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), these patients and their loved ones will be able to feast their eyes on the soothing properties of art.
The initiative is the first of its kind in the world. And while you certainly can't replace a conventional treatment with a couple of paintings, the idea is for such 'prescriptions' to assist a person's current treatment plan.
"By offering free admission to a safe, welcoming place, a relaxing, revitalizing experience, a moment of respite, and an opportunity to strengthen ties with loved ones, MMFA-MFdC Museum Prescriptions contribute to the patient's well-being and recovery," explains a press release from the MMFA.
It may look a lot like a marketing effort for the museum (and it's possible there's an element of promotion in this) but there's also increasing evidence that the display of visual art, especially if it's depicting nature, can have positive effects on health outcomes.
In some ways, the benefits of looking at art appear a little similar to physical activity. A systematic review of clinical art therapy found that visual art has significant and positive effects on depression, anxiety, mood, trauma, distress, coping ability, and self-esteem.
With spaces dedicated to art therapy and also a medical consultation room, the MMFA already provides services for people with mental health issues, eating disorders, autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease, just to name a few.
These art prescriptions aren't the only unconventional treatment in the world, either. In Scotland's Shetland Islands, a pilot program for prescribing 'nature' to patients went so well, it's now a scheme available to all doctors in the region.
It's not quite the same as art therapy, but it's a nice idea - both of these types of unusual 'prescriptions' can play a role in one's overall wellbeing. We'll keep our fingers crossed for some 'chocolate' prescriptions next.