🌱How a Patient's Window View Impacts Healing🌱
In 1984, Dr. Roger Ulrich, a professor of landscape architecture, published a landmark study in Science Magazine that demonstrated how the visual environment can impact a person’s recovery in the hospital. He reviewed the charts of patients over a 9 year period from a hospital in Pennsylvania- all who had the same surgery, surgeons, nurses, room dimensions, etc. He then separated the patients by their hospital room view: A view of a tree 🌳 vs one of a brick wall🏨. He found that the patients with the view of the tree were discharged on average 1 day earlier, had significantly less post-operative pain & had significantly fewer negative reports about their demeanor documented in the chart. Since then the concept of healing environments in healthcare was born. Several medical researchers have been able to reproduce similar results in subsequent studies!
It just goes to show how healing nature is & how stress relief can improve clinical outcomes. Even more of an incentive to keep our planet healthy 🌎💚🙏🏻