Art to Heart: The Effects of Staff- Created Art on the Postoperative Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Surgery Patients

Medsurg Nurs. 2015 Sep-Oct;24(5):349-55.


Postoperative ambulation is important for reducing complications following surgery. The type of art patients view on the ambulation route may influence the distance patients walk. In this study, patients ambulated greater distances when staff-created art was placed on hallway walls.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Art*
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation*
  • Female
  • Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivation*
  • Postoperative Care / methods*
  • Postoperative Complications / prevention & control*
  • Tennessee
  • Walking / psychology*
  • Young Adult