Art is arguably the first thing people react to when they approach or enter a facility. When the process for selecting and integrating art with healthcare design fully considers context, art adds value well beyond a visually aesthetic appeal.
Art is a positive distraction, directly or indirectly, in a variety of situations. It has been shown in a growing body of research to measurably reduce:
- Patient and employee anxiety and stress;
- Pain perception as measured by physiological outcomes, such as blood pressure, heart rate, and skin conductivity response.
- The need for analgesic medication;
- Depression associated with chemotherapy, dialysis, and other invasive treatments;
- Non-operative treatment times;
- Operative recovery times;
- Mental healthcare treatment times;
- Abusive behaviors by mental healthcare patients;
- Length of hospital stay; and
- Employee turnover, missed days