Environmental noise sources and interventions to minimize them: a tale of 2 hospitals.

Dube JA, Barth MM, Cmiel CA, Cutshall SM, Olson SM, Sulla SJ, Nesbitt JC, Sobczak SC, Holland DE
J Nurs Care Qual. 2008 23 (3): 216-24; quiz 225-6

PMID: 18562863 · DOI:10.1097/01.NCQ.0000324585.68966.51

Noise has been shown to interfere with the healing process and can disrupt the patient's experience. This study assessed patients' and staff's perceptions of noise levels and sources in the hospital environment and identified interventions to reduce the noise level. The interventions significantly reduced noise as perceived by patients and staff. Identification of a structured process to identify noise sources and standardization of noise measurement methods can improve the patient hospital experience.

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Attitude of Health Personnel Attitude to Health Data Collection Environmental Monitoring Health Facility Environment Hospital Communication Systems Humans Inpatients Minnesota Needs Assessment Noise Nursing Evaluation Research Nursing Methodology Research Nursing Staff, Hospital Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care Program Evaluation Qualitative Research Risk Assessment Risk Factors Sound Spectrography Time Factors Total Quality Management

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