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Impact of Natural Light on Outcomes in Healthcare Settings

May 10, 2022

After many years of research, there is no doubting that exposure to nature has a favourable impact on health, wellness, and general pleasure – even to the point where green areas promote prosocial behaviour. In this article, we focus on the importance of natural light on outcomes in healthcare settings.

Rockfon Eclipse used in a Hospital to draw in more natural light

Rockfon Eclipse in Morriston Hospital, UK

The interior design of your healthcare building has the potential to substantially improve a patient's visit. You can utilise it to alleviate stress and encourage relaxation in a variety of ways, even if it's as simple as changing the decoration in waiting areas.  

Biophilic Design in Hospitals 

Often, a potted plant on a plastic laminate counter is used to simulate "nature" in healthcare facilities. Hospital trusts should consider the potential saving of $93 million [1] in annual healthcare costs by giving patients access to nature through views of the outdoors. Natural textures should also be used in hospital interiors because in biophilic environments, post-operative recovery time decreased by 8.5% [1] and pain medication decreased by 22% [2]

Biophilic design ideas are used in healthcare facilities to improve patient outcomes and reduce staff stress. Healthcare designers may make hospitals more comfortable by making basic choices — such as employing more natural building materials or incorporating more natural lighting. 


What Does Biophilic Design Mean in Health Centres? 

Several studies have found that biophilic design reduces anxiety and so improves sleep. The many advantages of having a biophilic design in hospitals and health care facilities include: 

  • Good ventilation means less spread of infectious illness, whilst fresh air reduces stress. 
  • Sound-absorbing materials minimise noise levels, reduce distractions and errors, and reduce tiredness in both personnel and patients. 
  • Optimised natural light reduces the length of hospital stays as well as levels of pain, depression, weariness, and the need for medicine. 
  • A connection to nature or natural elements improves emotional well-being. 
  • Indoor gardens encourage more social contact. 
  • The use of natural materials improves the comfort and pleasantness of the hospital environment.