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Enhancing a primary care environment: a case study of effects on patients and staff in a single general practice

Author(s): Rice, G., Ingram, J., Mizan, J.
The stress and satisfaction of patients and staff are important healthcare outcomes. Patient satisfaction and stress strongly impacts patient health, the images of healthcare organizations, patient loyalty, patient retention and attraction, operating revenue, and profit margin. Staff stress and job satisfaction directly impacts the quality of patient care, work efficiency, and staff turnover intent.
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Added November 2012

Do absorption and realistic distraction influence performance of component task surgical procedure?

Author(s): Pluyter, J. R., Buzink, S. N., Rutkowski, A. F., Jakimowicz, J. J.
Surgeons’ ability of focusing their attention on surgical tasks directly impacts their performance on surgical operations, which is an important factor influencing quality of care, work efficiency, patient satisfaction, and many other healthcare outcomes. Attention or concentration is more important for performing minimal invasive surgeries which involve complex technologies and put high physical and cognitive demands on surgeons.
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Added November 2012

Predesign and Post-occupancy Analysis of Staff Behavior in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Author(s): Shepley, M.M.
Advances in technology have resulted in an increase in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) population; allowing care for newborn babies who might have died in the absence of advanced medical care. The design of NICUs has therefore become an important concern in healthcare, and an ongoing debate is the merit of open bays over closed bays. s. Changes in design have a direct impact on staff experience, and potentially staff behavior, which in turn can impact patient care.
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Added October 2012

Designed sound and music environment in postanaesthesia care units—–a multicentre study of patients and staff

Author(s): Thorgaard, P., Ertmann, E., Hansen, V., Noerregaard, A., Spanggard, L.
Music is arguably the non-pharmocological intervention with the most evidence to support it. It has been succesfully used to ease patient pain perception, anxiety and distress for many pre and post procedure settings. However, a majority of the studies implement music intervention at one on one level (providing patients with headphones etc to listen to music). Little research has investigated the design significance of improving the sound environment through music.
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Added October 2012

Patient satisfaction in an acute medicine department in Morocco

Author(s): Soufi, G., Belayachi, J., Himmich, S., Ahid, S., Soufi, M., Zekraoui, A., Abouqal, R.
Patients' satisfaction is an important indicator for quality of care. Measuring healthcare quality and improving patient satisfaction have become increasingly prevalent, especially among healthcare providers and purchasers of healthcare. This is mainly due to the fact that consumers are becoming increasingly more knowledgeable about healthcare. This Open Source study focuses on inpatient satisfaction with hospital care in an Arabic culture in Morocco.
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Added October 2012

Impact of Visual Art on Patient Behavior in the Emergency Department Waiting Room

Author(s): Nanda, U., Chanaud, C, , Nelson, M., Zhu, X., Bajema, R., Jansen, B. H.
Wait times have been reported to be one of the most important concerns for people visiting emergency departments (EDs). Additionally, distrust between the patients and staff of the hospital, patients’ consistent focus on their status, and an uncertainty about the waiting time have been identified as contributors to patient anxiety, fear, confusion, and annoyance. Affective states significantly impact perception of wait time and may be impacted by environmental interventions, such as art depicting nature that has been shown to reduce stress levels and anxiety.
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Added October 2012

A Novel PACU Design for Noise Reduction

Author(s): Smykowski, L.
As redesign and renovation of patient care units occur, health care providers need to consider the importance of lowering environmental stressors. Noise in the hospital environment is one well documented problem, with detrimental effects to both patients and staff. The paper reviews the redesign of the organization's PACU that explored a unique floor plan to minimize noise and improve privacy.
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Added October 2012

Influence of intensive coronary care acoustics on the quality of care and physiological state of patients

Author(s): Hagerman, I., Rasmanis, G., Blomkvist, V. , Ulrich, R. , Eriksen, C. A., Theorell, T.
Unexpected noise has long been recognized to have a negative influence in the rehabilitation of patients. The study was performed in an academic hospital, where patients with acute chest pain were evaluated in the intensive coronary heart unit (CCU).
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Added October 2012

Medication Dispensing Errors in Community Pharmacies: A Nationwide Study

Author(s): Flynn, E. A., Dorris, N. T., Holman, G. T., Camahan, B. J., Barker, K. N
The available literature concerning medication dispensing errors provides relatively few studies that focus on community-based pharmacies, as much of the available research regarding dispensing errors has been conducted in single pharmacies that are associated with hospitals and medical centers, largely due to convenience. Although the dispensing process may be essentially the same, the validity of extending these findings to community pharmacies has yet to be tested.
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Added October 2012

Relationships between Ambient Sounds and the Accuracy of Pharmacists' Prescription-Filling Performance

Author(s): Flynn, E. A., Barker, K. N., Gibson, J. T., Pearson, R. E., Smith, L. A., Berger, B. A.
Errors and error rate have been used as outcome measures of the quality of drug distribution that is a function of the interaction between humans, procedures, equipment, and the work environment. Dispensing errors have been measured by observation and occur at rates of up to 24%. Studies show the relationship between errors and the combination of interruptions and distractions, light levels, and prescription workload, as noise.
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Added October 2012

Impact of interruptions and distractions on dispensing errors in an ambulatory care pharmacy

Author(s): Flynn, E. A., Barker, K. N., Gibson, J. T., Pearson, R. E., Berger, B. A., Smith, L. A.
Errors and error rate have been used as outcome measures of the quality of drug distribution that is a function of the interaction between humans, procedures, equipment, and the work environment. Dispensing errors have been measured by observation and occur at rates of up to 24%. Studies show the relationship between errors and noise, light levels, and prescription workload, as well as the increased number of distractions and errors in an ambulatory care pharmacy.
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Added October 2012

Nursing unit configuration and its relationship to noise and nurse walking behavior: An AIDS/HIV unit case study

Author(s): Shepley, M.M., Davies, K.
Added October 2012

Environmental quality and healing environments: A study of flooring materials in a healthcare telemetry unit.

Author(s): Harris, D.
Added October 2012

What about noise?

Author(s): Stanley, K.
Added October 2012

Criteria for a recommended standard, occupational noise exposure, revised criteria

Author(s): National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Added October 2012

Patients Find Comfort In Auditory Interventions

Author(s): Mazer, S.
Added October 2012

Interim sound and vibration design guidelines for hospitals and healthcare facilities

Author(s): Joint Subcommittee on Speech Privacy of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) (Technical Committees for Architectural Acoustics and Noise), Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE), (NCAC), N.C.o.A.C.
Added October 2012

The Effect of Environmental Design on Reducing Nursing and Medication Errors in Acute Care Settings

Author(s): Chaudhury, H.P., Mahmood, A.P.
Added October 2012

Guidelines for community noise

Author(s): Berglund, B., Lindvall, T., Schwela, D.H., Goh, T.K.
Added October 2012

The Effect of Noise in the Emergency Department

Author(s): Zun, L.S., Downey, L.
Added October 2012