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In the healthcare environment, art is often the most visible component of a space. Take a minute to visualize the floor or wall color in your dentist’s office or doctor’s waiting room. Can you? Now try envisioning the art in those very same places. If you are like most people, you probably remember the art much more than the paint, finishes, fabrics, or flooring. In 2002, Harris, McBride, Ross, and Curtis conducted a study of six different hospitals owned by Intermountain Health Care, a not-for-profit provider in Utah. The purpose of the study was to determine to what extent, if any, environmental sources play a role in overall patient satisfaction with an in-...
Kathy Hathorn, MA, and Upali Nanda, Ph.D.A Position Paper for The Center for Health Design's Environmental Standards Council, 2008