“Within the arts lies a powerful but largely untapped force for healing. The arts and science are two sides of the same coin, which is our shared humanity. Our ability to live fulfilling, healthy lives depends on bringing these two forces together.” –Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, 19th Surgeon General of the United States.
Evidence-based design (EBD) is based off of quantitative and qualitative research that reveals a correlation between the physical environment and an individual’s state of well-being. According to The Center for Health Design, “Health design uses quality research to demonstrate the value of design to improve health outcomes, patient experience of care, and provider/staff satisfaction and performance.”
Health design can apply architecture, interior design, and art to positively enhance the environments of healthcare facilities. Health design has been proven to aid in many positive changes in outcomes for patients, visitors, and employees. We’ve outlined some of the results from our research into art’s effectiveness in health design below:
1. Thoughtful health design can increase patient satisfaction, patient self-esteem, patient resilience, and patient coping (American for the Arts).
2. Art in healthcare decreases the length of hospital stays, need for pain meds, healthcare related infection rates, need for sedation during medical procedures (Americans for the Arts)
3. 60% of Cleveland Hospital patients reported stress reduction from the hospitals contemporary art collection (NBC News)
4. 79% the reason healthcare facilities cited for investing in art – it benefits patients (Society for the Arts in Healthcare).
5. In a 2004 survey titled “Cultures of Care: A Study of Arts Programs in U.S. Hospitals”, 78% of patients stated that the arts aid in mental and emotional recovery. 46% cited that the arts can be a part of patients’ physical recovery. 79% believe that the arts create a healing environment.
6. A 2011 study found that artwork of nature helped to calm emergency waiting rooms by reducing restless behavior and lowering noise levels (The Wall Street Journal)
7. Patients who were exposed to nature images also experienced less postoperative anxiety and used weaker and fewer painkillers than those who were not exposed to any imagery (The Wall Street Journal).
At Art Force, we are strong believers in the power of evidence-based design. You can read more about our health design philosophy and view some of our recent healthcare projects at our portfolio.
Our team of art consultants are experts in all EBD segments and understand how to work with our clients to best meet the needs of an individual organization. Our consultants are highly experienced in creating nurturing healthcare environments based on well researched design principals. Use the form below to get in touch with us for a free consultation!
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