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Analysis of circadian stimulus allowed by daylighting in hospital rooms

Author(s): Acosta, I, Leslie, R. P., Figueiro, M. G.
Light is the major synchronizer of circadian rhythms to the 24-hour solar day. Compared to the visual system, the circadian system requires more light to be activated and is more sensitive to short-wavelength light. For those confined indoors, such as patients or residents in care facilities, the lack of access to daylight, or electric lighting providing a comparable amount, spectrum, distribution, duration, and timing, may compromise their human health and well-being.
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Added December 2017

The development and testing of the dementia friendly communities environment assessment tool (DFC EAT)

Author(s): Fleming, R., Bennett, K., Preece, T., Phillipson, L.
Added October 2017

Mental and behavioral health settings: Importance & effectiveness of environmental qualities & features as perceived by staff

Author(s): Shepley, M. M., Watson, A., Pitts, F., Garrity, A., Spelman, E., Fronsman, A., Kelkar, J.
While many previous studies have examined how facility designs can benefit patients within non-psychiatric acute care settings, there is a lack of research exploring how physical environments can be better suited to promote the health of patients in mental and behavioral health (MBH) facilities.
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Added March 2019

A Material World: A Comparative Study of Flooring Material Influence on Patient Safety, Satisfaction, and Quality of Care

Author(s): Harris, D.
Added October 2017

A large-scale survey of inpatient suicides: comparison between medical and psychiatric settings

Author(s): Inoue, K., Kawanishi, C., Otsuka, K., Cho, Y., Shiraishi, M., Ishii, T., Onishi, H., Hirayasu, Y.
Added December 2017

Impact of an emergency short stay unit on emergency department performance of poisoned patients

Author(s): Downes, M. A., Balshaw, J. K., Muscat, T. M., Ritchie, N., Isbister, G. K.
Added December 2017

Examining Relationships between Physical Environments and Behaviors of Residents with Dementia in a Retrofit Special Care Unit

Author(s): Mobley, C., Leigh, K., Malinin, L.
Individuals with late-stage dementia often receive treatment in Specialized Care Units (SCUs) when other nursing home facilities can no longer support their socio-behavioral and physical needs. Generally, SCUs aim to maximize patient quality of life (QoL) by mitigating potential environmental stressors and improving the functional status of the patients themselves.
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Added September 2017

Child Life Specialists' Evaluation of Hospital Playroom Design: A Mixed Method Inquiry

Author(s): Weinberger, N., Butler, A. G., Schumacher, P. A., Brown, R. L., McGee, B.
Many children are hospitalized with chronic illnesses each year, experiences that may result in traumatic repercussions with lasting negative health effects as children grow older. Child life experts are individuals who help children and their families cope with the stresses and uncertainties of hospitalization.
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Added September 2017

Toward a Framework for Designing Person-Centered Mental Health Interiors for Veterans

Author(s): Platt, L. S., Bosch, S. J., Kim, D.
Added September 2017

Patient room lighting influences on sleep, appraisal and mood in hospitalized people

Author(s): Giménez, M. C., Geerdinck, L. M., Versteylen, M., Leffers, P., Meekes, G. J. B. M., Herremans, H., de Ruyter, B., Bikker, J. W., Kuijpers, P. M. J. C., Schlangen, L. J. M.
Hospitalized patients often struggle with sleeping soundly due to various factors that arise within the hospital environment, such as noise, pain, general discomfort, and irregular and inappropriate light exposure. Because sleep is such an integral part of the healing process, healthcare designers should consider different ways to improve hospital sleep conditions.
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Added December 2017