Hospital Design – Can Beauty Help Heal?

If you’ve ever been hospitalized, perhaps you noticed how a cheerful paint color or a bouquet of flowers brightened up the room’s sterile design. Now researchers studying psychoneuroimmunology – the connection between mental and physical health – are finding that pleasant surroundings are an essential part of the health care and healing process. Architects and interior designers are taking heed of these findings and doing much more than adding flowers to the designs of new hospitals.

Color, light, and sound are all being considered as part of the healing design, particularly in elements affecting social support. Gardens and indoor “malls” provide areas where patients and families can congregate outside of treatment areas. Attractive, comfortable seating encourages interactions. In-room overnight accommodations for family or friends give patients a feeling of support and positivity.

With this mind-body healing synergy in mind, Healthcare Business & Technology has compiled a list of the 25 most beautiful hospitals in the world. If you have to be in the hospital, why not be surrounded by beauty?


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