Science is catching up with what we already know … art is healing! In 2004, a group of scientists published this article in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine about the impact of environmental design on healing.
The “ambiance” of a space has an effect on people using the space. In recent years, design for health care environments has begun to include aesthetic enhancements in an attempt to reduce stress and anxiety, increase patient satisfaction, and promote health and healing. In this paper, the authors survey the existing research on those elements of the built and natural environment most often asserted by proponents as being inherently healing or promoting health.
Source: Schweitzer M1, Gilpin L, Frampton S. Healing spaces: elements of environmental design that make an impact on health. J Altern Complement Med. 2004;10 Suppl 1:S71-83.
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