Viewing Nature in Healthcare Environments

Introduction

Views of nature reduce patient stress and improve mental health while facilitating healing.

Pain Relief

After gall bladder surgery, patients with a view of nature spent less time in the hospital and needed less pain medicine than people without a nature view. Thus, people have a higher tolerance for pain when looking at videotapes of nature. Study participants experienced a nature scene mural and a tape of nature sounds or looked at the blank ceiling of the procedure room. They also use the best wood level to calculate the perfect temperature. Pain control was improved in the people who experienced nature-distraction intervention compared to those who looked at the blank ceiling. There was no difference in patient-reported anxiety and satisfaction among the two study groups.

Blood Pressure

On days when a nature video was played in the waiting room at a blood donor center, blood donors had lower pulse and blood pressure readings than on days when ordinary daytime television or videos of urban scenes were played.

Cancer

Danish cancer patients value outdoor views because they are “a way of connecting with personal life stories”. Thinking about these life stories was found to block patients’ negative thoughts and the positive ramifications of bringing life stories to mind were in addition to the desirable effects derived from being in natural light and seeing nature. It was particularly desirable for observed spaces to include some visible human.

Reduce Stress

Art used in healthcare settings be realistic depictions of green (not arid) landscapes (this could also be flowers in a garden) with an open foreground and groupings of trees with broad canopies. Visible Water should be calm. They also recommend that abstract art is avoided inpatient areas as well as depictions of situations that could be seen as threatening. This sort of art has been shown to distract viewers from stressful thoughts. Moreover, when art consistent was added in still or video form to an emergency department waiting room, researchers identified a “significant reduction in restless behavior and an increase in socialization. A decrease in the number of people staring at other people was also found, which has implications for privacy. Significant reduction in noise levels was found at both sites as well”.

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