WELL-PLANNED GREEN SPACES IMPROVE MEDICAL OUTCOMES, SATISFACTION AND QUALITY OF CARE: A TRUST HOSPITAL CASE STUDY
Well-planned green spaces not only creates an atmosphere of relaxation, lowered stress level, increase social interaction and enhance mental stimulation, but also can improve clinical outcomes through reducing pain medication intake and shorter hospitalization. Present study was designed to understand the people opinion about the impact of green spaces and gardening activities on health status and recovery level of the patients in Khadija Mahmood Trust Hospital, Faisalabad, Pakistan. Questionnaires were developed to get the detailed information on a structural format from patients, visitors and doctors. Questionnaire contained personal questions, opinion question and question for their suggestions about the improvement of the landscape of the hospital. In total, 315 respondents were interviewed, 200 patients, 100 visitors and 15 doctors. Data were analyzed by using chi-square test with SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences) data analysis tool. Findings from present study have converged that majority of respondents strongly agreed that green areas have restorative values and help the patients in recovering from diseases especially in stress releasing and hypertension. The results of present study suggested that green areas in hospitals provide psychological benefits by engaging the patients in horticultural activities and enhance patient and family satisfaction with the healthcare provider and overall quality of care. Well-designed green spaces in hospitals make good sense for the health of the entire community, patients, staff and visitors and it should become an integral component of modern health facility planning and operation to improve medical outcomes, satisfaction, and economic products.
Riaz, A., Younis, A., Ali, W. and Hameed, M. (2010). WELL-PLANNED GREEN SPACES IMPROVE MEDICAL OUTCOMES, SATISFACTION AND QUALITY OF CARE: A TRUST HOSPITAL CASE STUDY. Acta Hortic. 881, 813-818
horticulture therapy, psychological benefits, gardening activities