Thank Florence Nightingale
One of the earliest modern pathfinders in this field was Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of the nursing profession. Her work in military hospitals during the Crimea War (1853-1856) led her to be a vocal proponent for good hospital design and sanitary conditions, including decent lighting, quiet, warmth, clean water, and proper food.
A View of Nature Helps
In 1984, Roger Ulrich, Professor of Architecture at the Center for Healthcare Building Research at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, found that patients with a view of nature suffered fewer complications and used less pain medication than those who looked out at a brick wall.
Patients Cope Better With Pain
The Harvard Medical School Boston Children’s Hospital is emphasizing the use of interior design, light, and arts in order to reduce stress and improve patients’ ability to cope with pain.
Colored glass is used on the windows at the Boston Children’s Hospital Massachusetts as way to distract and relax patients so that procedures go more smoothly.
At The Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, California the lobby has been designed and donated by Disney Imagineers; it incorporates natural light, play areas and access to gardens. The healing and play garden helps the children remain calm; interactive activity walls, sensory ocean wall sound, seating for families.