The architectural healthcare environment and its effects on patient health outcomes: A report on an NHS Estates Funded Research Project


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Lawson B, Phiri M, Well-Thorpe R

Year of Publication:
2003

Publisher(s):
NHS Estates

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

Reports a study of the effects of the architectural environment on the lives of patients (and staff) in two NHS hospitals. One provided general medical and the other mental health care. The authors examine patients’ reactions to the environment and their health  outcomes.

A major finding from the study is that patients appeared to make significantly better progress in new purpose-designed buildings than in older environments. In mental health treatment times were 14% quicker, and in the general setting treatment times for patients not undergoing operations were reduced by 21%.



Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Hospital

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Lawson, B., Phiri, M., & Wells-Thorpe, J. (2003). The architectural healthcare environment and its effects on patient health outcomes: A report on an NHS Estates Funded Research Project. London: Stationery Office.