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Impacts of indoor daylight environments on patient average length of stay (ALOS) in a healthcare facility

Author(s): Choi, J.-H., Beltran, L. O., Kim, H.-S.
One of the components that increases the quality of the indoor environment in hospitals is window views with access to daylight. The orientation of a window can be significant to the amount of daylight a room can get. This study examined the indoor environments of patient rooms located on different sides of a hospital building to investigate the impact of daylight on the length of stay.
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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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Sound Levels, Staff Perceptions, and Patient Outcomes During Renovation Near the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Author(s): Trickey, A. W., Arnold, C. C., Parmar, A., Lasky, R. E.

Reconsidering the Semiprivate Inpatient Room in U.S. Hospitals

Author(s): Verderber, S., Todd, L. G.

Affordances of the Care Environment for People with Dementia—An Assessment Study

Author(s): Topo, P., Kotilainen, H., Eloniemi-Sulkava, U.

Noise and sleep among adult medical inpatients: far from a quiet night

Author(s): Yoder, J. C., Staisiunas, P. G., Meltzer, D. O., Knutson, K. L., Arora, V. M.

Healing environment: A review of the impact of physical environmental factors on users

Author(s): Huisman, E. R. C. M., Morales, E., van Hoof, J., Kort, H. S. M.
According to the authors, research that examines the physical environment and its impact on the healing and well-being of human beings has been growing in the last several years. There is increasing availability of literature on evidence-based design.
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The Effect of a Safe Zone on Nurse Distractions, Interruptions, and Medication Administration Errors

Author(s): Yoder, M., Schadewald, D.

Noise pollution in hospitals: impact on patients

Author(s): Hsu, T., Ryherd, E., Waye, K. P., Ackerman, J.