In healthcare settings, what is the association between physical environment and staff wellbeing/patient clinical outcomes?
There was some
limited evidence, from one high quality systematic review,
indicating that music interventions may be effective in reducing
patient anxiety in a variety of healthcare settings. The results of
an earlier, weaker systematic review suggested that increased
sunlight and presence of windows or windows with a natural view may
also improve patient outcomes. There was insufficient evidence to
draw any conclusions about the effects of workplace environment on
the wellbeing of healthcare staff. Further, high quality studies
are needed to support the development of guidelines for
designing healthcare environments.
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