Create a healing environment

flowerThere is one simple guideline to follow in creating a healing environment: look for ways to reduce stress in the environment. This is based on research from the field of psychoneuroimmunology that shows how emotional stress impacts our bodies in multiple ways. It does this because our brain and our nervous, endocrine, and immune systems are constantly interacting. An impact on one system reverberates throughout the others.

What can I do in a healthcare setting?

Choose a private room if it is an option. Noise is a major contributor to stress and there is growing evidence that the infection rate is lower when patients are cared for in single rooms.

Here is a list of other suggestions that you can try: