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Sensory environment on health-related outcomes of hospital patients

Author(s): Drahota, A., Ward, D., Mackenzie, H., Stores, R., Higgins, B., Gal, D., Dean, T. P.

Impact of hospital space standardization on patient health and safety

Author(s): Price, A. D. F., Lu, J.

Out of Sight, Out of Reach. Correlating spatial metrics of nurse station typology with nurses’ communication and co ‐ awareness in an intensive care unit

Author(s): Cai, H., Zimring, C.

Pilot study of a sensory room in an acute inpatient psychiatric unit

Author(s): Novak, T., Scanlan, J., McCaul, D., MacDonald, N., Clarke, T.

Impact of the Design of Neonatal Intensive Care Units on Neonates, Staff, and Families: A Systematic Literature Review

Author(s): Shahheidari, M., Homer, C.
The authors indicate that the design of NICUs incorporating single family rooms as evidence indicates this room type contributes to the better development of babies, facilitates increased parental involvement in care, controls infection, and reduces noise and length of stay. 
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A review of design recommendations for outdoor areas at healthcare facilities

Author(s): Shukor, S. F. A, Stigsdotter, U. K., Nilsson, K.
The authors allude to the growing body of scientific literature that indicates the positive contribution of natural environments to human health. The stress caused by staying in a healthcare facility can be allayed by supportive outdoor natural environments.
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The Hygienic Efficacy of Different Hand-Drying Methods: A Review of the Evidence

Author(s): Huang, C., Ma, W., Stack, S.

Design indicators for better accommodation environments in hospitals: Inpatients’ perceptions

Author(s): Zhao, Y., Mourshed, M.

Factors Impeding Flexible Inpatient Unit Design

Author(s): Pati, D., Evans, J., Harvey, T. E., Bazuin, D.
The physical environment can have a significant impact on operational efficiencies within healthcare environments. In an era of cost curtailment, design interventions that can provide maximum flexibility will become increasingly necessary. Following a 2006 study that identified domains within the design process that affect flexibility within acute care inpatient units, researchers wanted to understand whether domains external to the design process could influence the successful optimization of flexibility within the same environment.
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Stress-Reducing Effects of Real and Artificial Nature in a Hospital Waiting Room

Author(s): Beukeboom, C. J., Langeveld, D., Tanja-Dijkstra, K.