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Health benefits of a view of nature through the window: a quasi-experimental study of patients in a residential rehabilitation center
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9970-9164
2012 (English)In: Clinical Rehabilitation, ISSN 0269-2155, E-ISSN 1477-0873, Vol. 26, no 1, 21-32 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: To examine the health benefits of a bedroom window view to natural surroundings for patients undergoing a residential rehabilitation programme.

Design: Longitudinal quasi-experiment.

Setting: A residential rehabilitation centre.

Subjects: Two-hundred and seventy-eight coronary and pulmonary patients provided data at all measurement points during the programme.

Intervention: Blind, quasi-random allocation to a private bedroom with a panoramic view to natural surroundings or with a view either partially or entirely blocked by buildings.

Main measures: Self-reported physical and mental health (SF-12), subjective well-being, emotional states, use of the private bedroom and leisure activities.

Results: For women, a blocked view appeared to negatively influence change in physical health (time x view x gender interaction, F(4,504)=2.51, P=0.04), whereas for men, a blocked view appeared to negatively influence change in mental health (time x view x gender interaction, F(4,504)=5.67, P<0.01). Pulmonary patients with a panoramic view showed greater improvement in mental health than coronary patients with such a view (time x view x diagnostic group interaction, F(4,504)=2.76, P=0.03). Those with a panoramic view to nature more often chose to stay in their bedroom when they wanted to be alone than those with a blocked view (odds ratio (OR)=2.32, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.08-5.01).

Conclusion: An unobstructed bedroom view to natural surroundings appears to have better supported improvement in self-reported physical and mental health during a residential rehabilitation programme, although the degree of change varied with gender and diagnostic group.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 26, no 1, 21-32 p.
Keyword [en]
Cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, leisure, recreation, psychological factors
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-169133DOI: 10.1177/0269215511412800ISI: 000299271000003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-169133DiVA: diva2:505658
Available from: 2012-02-24 Created: 2012-02-23 Last updated: 2016-05-02Bibliographically approved

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