Smelling sweet smells associated with sweet tasting foods (such as caramel) increases pain tolerance.
Growing research shows that nature, and even images of nature, in a healthcare setting can have dramatic results on patient outcomes.
Designing rooms in which a variety of different media need to be read and analyzed can be tricky, particularly when some of the media involved are digital radiology images.
Research results from a study of waiting room design in outpatient medical facilities can be extrapolated to the design of any waiting area.
People viewing abstract art can find the experience frustrating and may dislike the art, but descriptions can help.
Splashes of colored light in the night skies can be pleasant or unpleasant, just as colors and lights can be used effectively in indoor spaces. One recent article discusses use of colored lights outdoors, while a second discusses the use of color and light in hospital spaces.
The appropriate designs for psychological counseling spaces and adolescent care facilities have not been extensively researched. Designing each of these types of places presents special challenges, and two recent research projects provide insights that can be useful to people creating these sorts of environments.
This article examines the source of concern over decorative fountains and water features in hospital environments and raises questions about whether or not evidence exists to substantiate these concerns.
Alzheimer’s patients seem sensitive to the sun’s waning, as the sun’s setting can trigger or increase disruptive behaviors.
Although hospitals have long been thought of as places to cure disease, new ideas about what hospitals should be and how they should function are creating new challenges for hospital designers and caregivers.