Adding greenery in the form of a garden to the often sterile, cold environment of hospitals and other healthcare facilities can reduce stress in patients, visitors and staff and even lessen a patients pain in some instances, says a Texas A&M University authority on health care design.
Roger Ulrich, professor and director of the Center for Health Systems & Design at Texas A&Ms College of Architecture, says a growing body of research is giving credibility to the widely held belief that nature can improve health.
"Knowledge and research into fields such as health psychology and behavioral medicine have demonstrated that there need not be anything magical about the processes through which gardens in healthcare facilities should be capable of reducing stress and improving patients health," Ulrich says.
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