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Access to daylight and outdoor views: A comparative study for therapeutic daylighting design

Joarder, Md Ashikur Rahman, Price, Andrew and Mourshed, Monjur 2010. Access to daylight and outdoor views: A comparative study for therapeutic daylighting design. World Health Design 3 (1) , pp. 62-69.

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Abstract

A well-balanced and good visual environment is of major importance to patients’ health. But information about the impact of daylight on clinical recovery is necessary in order to effectively assess the need for the modernisation of existing hospitals or to evaluate alternative strategies for new hospital design. In the search for a relationship between daylight and clinical recovery, an individual’s preference to daylight over artificial light has been well established. In addition, the relationship between daylight and the psychological benefit for hospital patients, as well as the impact of daylight on specific physical diseases related to bones and cancers (e.g. rickets and skin cancer) are also well researched. However, defined knowledge about the impact of daylight on general diseases, such as diseases originating from the malfunction of organs such as the heart, lungs, stomach and kidneys and not generated from psychological pressure, is weak and studies are few in number, provide controversial findings and are debated. To implement daylight strategies within the therapeutic design of hospital buildings, the impact of daylight on general diseases needs to be better established with sound evidence. The objective of this paper is to find an evidence-based relationship between daylight, outdoor view and patients’ recovery rate in a general hospital environment.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
ISSN: 1654-9654
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:49
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/45199

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