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Health and Nature: The Influence of Nature on Design of the Environment of Care

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Much of the recent research in the fields of therapeutic and environmental design has to do with patient stress and health outcomes, which refer to an indicator or measure of a patient’s condition or progress. Now, healthcare designers are using this research to approach healthcare facility design with a different focus than the traditional methods. This approach, called, evidence-based design, is based on information available from both research and project evaluations. Such design approaches are engaged to create environments that are therapeutic, supportive of family involvement, efficient for staff performance, and restorative for workers under stress. If implemented...

By Jerry Smith, ASLA, LEED APA Position Paper for The Center for Health Design's Environmental Standards, Council, 2007 
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Environments|Quality of Care
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