October 27, 2016

The Science of Healing Spaces

The idea that physical space might contribute to healing has a scientific basis. The first study to tackle this question, published in Science magazine in 1984, showed that when hospital rooms have windows looking out on the natural world, patients heal more rapidly and needed less pain medication (Ananth, 2008). Healing spaces can reduce stress and anxiety, promote health and healing, improve patient and employee safety and satisfaction, and contribute to cost savings.

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