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October 25, 2020

Health Benefits of Gardens in Hospitals

This paper selectively reviews scientific research on the influences of gardens and plants in hospitals and other healthcare settings. The discussion concentrates mainly on health-related benefits that patients realize by simply looking at gardens and plants, or in other ways passively experiencing healthcare surroundings where plants are prominent. The review also briefly addresses other advantages of gardens and plants in hospitals, such as lowering the costs of delivering healthcare and improving staff satisfaction.

Roger S. Ulrich, Ph.D.Center for Health Systems and DesignColleges of Architecture and MedicineTexas A & M UniversityCollege State, TX 77843

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