Patient Room Lighting (08-12-20)

Research completed by McCunn and colleagues confirms the value of allowing people some control over their physical environment. The investigators report that data they collected from nurses working at several locations and analyzed revealed  “A theme of environmental control over both overhead and task lighting. . . .  controllability was among the ‘best’ lighting attributes. . . . Daylighting was also considered to be among the best attributes. Control over light level via additional dimming capability for patients, as well as additional light sources, was prominent. . . . Unique to the more modern facility, trespassing of light was problematic for nurses considering the experiences of patients—even where modern models exist, more attention can be paid to the ways in which window shades, and light sources outside of rooms, penetrate spaces and affect users.. . . Despite differences in the level of sophistication in lighting among the four facilities, control continues to be a primary concern for nurses.”

Lindsay McCunn, Sarah Safranek, Andrea Wilkerson, and Robert Davis.  “Lighting Control in Patient Rooms:  Understanding Nurses’ Perceptions of Hospital Lighting Using Qualitative Methods.”  HERD:  Health Environments Research and Design Journal, in press,