Health Care

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