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Comparative Study
, 224 (4647), 420-1

View Through a Window May Influence Recovery From Surgery

Comparative Study

View Through a Window May Influence Recovery From Surgery

R S Ulrich. Science.

Abstract

Records on recovery after cholecystectomy of patients in a suburban Pennsylvania hospital between 1972 and 1981 were examined to determine whether assignment to a room with a window view of a natural setting might have restorative influences. Twenty-three surgical patients assigned to rooms with windows looking out on a natural scene had shorter postoperative hospital stays, received fewer negative evaluative comments in nurses' notes, and took fewer potent analgesics than 23 matched patients in similar rooms with windows facing a brick building wall.

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