Nature During Rehabilitation (07-13-21)

Wichrowski and research partners investigated how nature imagery influences rehabilitation patient experiences.  They share that “In settings where patients have high degrees of medical acuity and infection control is a major concern, exposure to the benefits of real nature may be precluded. . . . In these settings, the presence of nature imagery may provide benefits which positively impact patient experience. . . . physical rehabilitation patients on a medically complex/cardiopulmonary rehabilitation unit filled out questionnaires assessing their perceptions of their room and various indexes of patient satisfaction. . . . the presence of biophilic nature imagery in the hospital rooms had a significant effect on patients’ room ratings and positively influenced indexes of patient satisfaction.”

Matthew Wichrowski, John Corcoran, Fancois Haas, Greg Sweeney, and Arlene Mcgee.  2021. “Effects of Biophilic Nature Imagery on Indexes of Satisfaction in Medically Complex Physical Rehabilitation Patients:  An Exploratory Study.”   HERD:  Health Environments Research and Design Journal, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 288-304,