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New Zealand children’s health camps: therapeutic landscapes meet the contract state

Author(s): Kearns, R. A., Collins, D. C. A.
New Zealand started to offer children health camps in 1919, responding to the government’s increased interest in the well-being of children.  Gesler recognized that the modern healthcare system failed to offer therapeutic landscapes where children could experience both physical and mental healing.  It is believed that if children engage more with nature—fresh air, clean water, and beautiful scenery—this can have great healing power. Gesler went on to discover the first children’s health camps, and what started as small, localized projects became a national network of permanent camps supported by the government. 
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Physical activity, functional limitations, and disability in older adults.

Author(s): Miller, M. E., Rejeski, W. J., Reboussin, B. A., Ten Have, T. R., Ettinger, W. H.
Research suggests that physical activity slows the progression of disability in seniors and, thus, prolongs independent living. Geriatric care-givers often use the activities of daily living (ADL), such as feeding and grooming, and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), such as managing finances and housework, to determine if older adults have the skills necessary to live independently. 
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Promoting physical activity in rural communities: Walking trail access, use, and effects

Author(s): Brownson, R. C., Housemann, R. A., Brown, D. R., Jackson-Thompson, J, King, A. C., Malone, B. R., Sallis, J. F.
The health benefits of physical activity are well established. Physical activity contributes to a lower risk of coronary heart disease, as well as a variety of other chronic diseases including hypertension, non-insulin-dependent diabetes (Type 2), osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis. To promote physical activity, more environmental and policy strategies are needed. Examples of environmental and policy approaches to increase physical activity include walking and bicycle trails, liability legislation, zoning and land use, mall walking programs, building construction that encourages physical activity, policies and incentives promoting physical activity during the workday, and policies requiring comprehensive school physical health education programs.
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Suicide and self-harm in inpatient psychiatric units: a study of nursing issues in 31 cases

Author(s): Gournay, K., Bowers, L.
A significant number of incidents of suicide and self-harm occur in in-patient facilities. This study comprises of the review and audit of 31 suicide cases, each case being the subject of legal action brought by patients and/or their families. 
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Healing gardens and coping with stress at a children's hospital: A multimethod evaluation

Author(s): Whitehouse, S.L.

Effects of guidelines implementation in a surgical intensive care unit to control nighttime light and noise levels

Author(s): Walder, B., Francioli, D., Meyer, J.J., Lancon, M., Romand, J.A.

Children in hospital: A design question

Author(s): Vavili, F.

Hospital noise pollution: an environmental stress model to guide research and clinical interventions

Author(s): Topf, M.

Transitional Care: A multidisciplinary case management-based unit

Author(s): Storgion, S.A., Stutts, A.L.

Altering the NICU and measuring infants' responses

Author(s): Slevin, M., Farrington, N., Duffy, G., Daly, L., Murphy, J.F.