Rooms for improvement

Sarah Waller CBE, Claire Henry

The King's Fund's Sarah Waller and the National End of Life Care Programme's Claire Henry review the need for positive environments for end-of-life patients, carers and visitors.

Publication:  Public Service Review
Reference:  Issue 30: 26 Jan 2012

The environments in which we live and work have a profound influence on our physical and psychological wellbeing.

Research has repeatedly confirmed that a supportive and welcoming environment can have positive effects on both those who visit hospitals – whether as patients or as visitors – and those who work in them.

Moreover, for patients receiving palliative care, their relatives and the bereaved, good-quality and sympathetic environments can provide a sense of reassurance at a highly stressful time.

Read the full article on health environments

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