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The Physical Environment and Patient Care

The Physical Environment and Patient Care Chapter 3 The Physical Environment and Patient Care MARGARET A. WILLIAMS ScHOOL OF NURSING UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON CONTENTS Perspectives on Environment and Patient Care 63 nends in Nursing's Concern with Environment 64 Research on Dimensions of the Physical Environment 66 Hospital and Unit Design 66 The Spalial Environment 68 Sound 69 Light 72 Color 73 The Thermal Environment 73 Weather 74 Thward Therapeutic Environments 75 Summary and Research Directions 77 In this chapter research linking physical environmental factors and patient care is reviewed. The physical environment cannot constitute a total environment for care; social factors and, in institutions. organi­ zational factors also are highly important. The intent, however, is to review research in which dimensions of the physical environment are an explicit focus or are identified elements in an environment for care. 61 62 RESEARCH ON NURSING PRACTICE The goal of the review is to stimulate research. The physical environ­ ment is of substantial importance in nursing practice. and concern with it has a distinguished early history in the profession. However. there is limited empirical research by nurses. The physical environment consists of the natural and built envi­ ronments. The topics under those beadings that are particularly rele­ vant http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annual Review of Nursing Research Springer Publishing

The Physical Environment and Patient Care

Annual Review of Nursing Research , Volume 6 (1): 24 – Sep 1, 1988

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Springer Publishing
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0739-6686
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1944-4028
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10.1891/0739-6686.6.1.61
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Chapter 3 The Physical Environment and Patient Care MARGARET A. WILLIAMS ScHOOL OF NURSING UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON CONTENTS Perspectives on Environment and Patient Care 63 nends in Nursing's Concern with Environment 64 Research on Dimensions of the Physical Environment 66 Hospital and Unit Design 66 The Spalial Environment 68 Sound 69 Light 72 Color 73 The Thermal Environment 73 Weather 74 Thward Therapeutic Environments 75 Summary and Research Directions 77 In this chapter research linking physical environmental factors and patient care is reviewed. The physical environment cannot constitute a total environment for care; social factors and, in institutions. organi­ zational factors also are highly important. The intent, however, is to review research in which dimensions of the physical environment are an explicit focus or are identified elements in an environment for care. 61 62 RESEARCH ON NURSING PRACTICE The goal of the review is to stimulate research. The physical environ­ ment is of substantial importance in nursing practice. and concern with it has a distinguished early history in the profession. However. there is limited empirical research by nurses. The physical environment consists of the natural and built envi­ ronments. The topics under those beadings that are particularly rele­ vant

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Annual Review of Nursing ResearchSpringer Publishing

Published: Sep 1, 1988

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