Soothing images of mountain
streams and sunny beaches may offer hope for easing pain in normally
sterile hospital environments. Humans respond positively to scenes
of nature, a phenomenon known as biophilia. But Johns Hopkins School
of Medicine in Baltimore credits a curtain-like mural that combines
a nature scene with sounds of water, wind and bird calls for cutting
pain 43% in patients undergoing bronchoscopy, in which tubes are
put up the nose and into the lungs. Bedscapes, which wraps around
a bed, also is being used in 50-some other hospitals and nursing
homes nationwide. How does it work?
"In essence, you are taking your mental focus away from pain
and placing it in a pleasant situation," says Katherine Bowman
at the University of California at San Francisco Pain Management
Center. The item retails for less than $250 from the Glenford, N.Y.
Ulrich Presents Study Results At Nashville Symposium
Roger Ulrich, PhD, of Texas A&M, the leading edge environmental psychologist who has shown
the health impacts of patients' views of biophilic nature scenes
have presented the dramatic results of their randomized controlled
study at the Healthcare Design Symposium in Nashville.
The presentation is entitled
"Cardiology Environments That Heal." For a description
of preliminary research results, see Research
For the Symposium presentation description click here