Staff too have been adversely affected by poor interior design resulting in substandard levels of efficiency; nurses find themselves walking for twenty nine percent of each shift, second only to patient care which represents fifty seven percent of their working hours!

The Centre for Health Design has revealed five important factors that have a direct influence on a patient’s recovery based on evidence based design (EBD) which is defined as being “the process of basing decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes.”

  • Contact with loved ones; helping loved ones to engage with their sick relatives results in better health outcomes.
  • Control over their environment; if patients feel that they are able to modify their environment their stress levels decrease. This includes adjustable lights and thermostats, diverse seating, the option to enjoy meals at different times and a choice of music stations.
  • Exposure to the natural world; increased sunlight and the ability to see outside has been shown to improve a patient’s mood.
  • A reduction in excessive noise, glare from light fittings and a lack of fresh air have all resulted in better patient outcomes.
  • Distractions in the form of pictures, for example, landscape scenes have resulted in less stress and anxiety and even a reduction in pain medication.