Robust research supports everything we do.

A founding principle of Breathe is that everything we do is supported by scientific evidence. Our team works closely with top academics and research scientists in the UK and beyond to create, refine and deliver programmes that gain positive outcomes and fresh insights.

Depending on initial abilities, between 75% and 92% of children have clinically significant improvements in hand function after the Breathe Magic camp.*


It’s crucial that we understand and monitor the clinical impact of our work. We design and implement evaluation and research programmes year-round to ensure this happens.

Our Research Lead Dr Daisy Fancourt holds a Research Fellowship in the Centre for Performance Science, a research group run between the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College and the Royal College of Music. She has won over a dozen awards for her research on the use of the arts within health.

Research is at the heart of all our work. All our programmes are evidence-based, and for some we also commission and undertake our own research to ensure what we deliver provides the maximum impact for patients. There is fantastic work happening across the field of arts in health but research is crucial to moving this forwards.

Dr Daisy Fancourt


Research on the Breathe Magic programme since 2010 has been published in peer-reviewed journals, presented at international conferences and won a number of prestigious awards.

We’re continuing to study the psychosocial and physiological impact of the programme. Click to learn more about the benefits of intensive therapy on hemiplegia and the effects of our Breathe Magic camps.

*Green, D., Schertz, M., Gordon, A. M., Moore, A., Schejter Margalit, T., Farquharson, Y., … Fattal-Valevski, A. (2013). A multi-site study of functional outcomes following a themed approach to hand–arm bimanual intensive therapy for children with hemiplegia. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 55(6), 527–533.