Exploring the Function and Use of Common Spaces in Assisted Living for Older Persons

Morgan Andersson, Nina Ryd, Inga Malmqvist
2014 Health Environments Research & Design Journal  
Waiting for an appointment with a plastic surgeon can increase patients' anxiety. It is important to make the waiting time before an appointment with the surgeon more pleasant and to reduce patient's anxiety. Ambient environment features such as temperature, lighting, noise, music, and scent are often imperceptible, but they may have strong effects on people's mood, cognition, and behavior. This experimental study was performed to test whether ambient scent and music can help to reduce
more » ... anxiety. The results demonstrate that when used separately, music and scent can significantly reduce the level of patient's anxiety. However, the combination of scent and music may be not effective.
doi:10.1177/193758671400700308 pmid:24782239 fatcat:etb5fa4v4rhwna4kys6i7lbn44