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Color in Healthcare Environments: A Critical Review of the Research Literature

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Key Concepts/Context
The purpose of this study was to review the literature on color in healthcare environments in order to separate among common myths and realities in the research and application of color in healthcare design. Utilizing online searches of existing bibliographies and databases in multiple disciplines, we reviewed more than 3000 citations to identify theories, which could have had supportable design implications for the use of color in healthcare...

By Ruth Brent Tofle, Ph.D., Benyamin Schwarz, Ph.D, So-Yeon Yoon, MA, Andrea Max-Royale, M.E.DesPublished and funded by the Coalition for Health Environments Research (CHER), July 2004 
Design Category
Interior Material
Outcome Category
Patient health outcomes|Patient satisfaction and comfort
Environmental Condition Category
Attractiveness of physical environment
Primary Author
Tofle, R.B.