Easy on the eyes: Evidence that good design helps patients heal
Brilliant blue water droplets. Feathery green leaves. It's not an oasis, it's a hospital. And a touch of large-format graphics is transforming the space—and the patient experience.
Takeform is proud to partner with health systems as varied as Johns Hopkins Medicine and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (The VA). In the case of Johns Hopkins, this extraordinary graphics project that has transformed the interior spaces of this legendary hospital. For example, in the Cancer Center, Emergency Department and Alpha Commons, you'll encounter diverse, large-format graphics in the unified theme of natural beauty. Some of them triptychs, these striking panels can do more than beautify the space and improve the experience of visitors. Striking research shows that certain visual design elements incorporated into a hospital setting can speed healing.
As reported by the Harvard Business Review in 2015, “The design of environments inside clinical settings has also demonstrated positive impact on patient outcomes."
Case in point: when one psychiatric clinic added serene nature visuals to a patient lounge, the need for certain antipsychotic drugs dropped 70%: “At a multi-purpose lounge of an acute psychiatric clinic in the U.S., “as needed" injections of antipsychotic drugs are used to manage patients who exhibit 'aggressive and agitated' behavior. In a study conducted in this space during the weeks that posters of realistic nature scenes were hung in the lounge, the administration of as-needed injections was 70% lower than when the walls were blank."
“…during the weeks that posters of realistic nature scenes were hung in the lounge, the administration of as-needed injections was 70% lower than when the walls were blank."
Better patient outcomes translate to lower costs, too. In that instance, by reducing drug injections, the clinic projected an annual savings of more than $30,000, according to HBR.
The article notes that hospital design today has morphed into hotel-like architecture, décor, and amenities. But it's not just a superficial attempt to compete better. It's an emerging discipline known as Evidence Based Design. And it's transforming patient experiences and outcomes—and helping hospital systems to live up to their lofty branding. As HBR puts it, “design has a measurable, desirable impact on clinical outcomes and cost. These evidence-based designs have saved lives, reduced pain, improved clinical outcomes, and made less painful (and even provided some delight during) some of the most difficult moments in people's lives."