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Hospital Curtains Can Increase Patients’ Satisfaction With Quality Of Care
Studies provide evidence that design elements such as hospital privacy curtains make the healthcare environment more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing relieve stress among patients and increase satisfaction with the quality of care provided.
Several studies provide strong evidence that design elements such as hospital privacy curtains that make the healthcare environment more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing relieve stress among patients and increase satisfaction with the quality of care provided.
These studies include one by Leather, Beale, Santos, Watts, & Lee that organized the renovation of a traditional waiting area in a neurology clinic by making aesthetic-only changes to the general layout, including color scheme, furniture, floor covering, and hospital privacy curtains. These modifications resulted in more positive environmental appraisals, improved mood, altered physiological state, and greater reported satisfaction among patients.
Another study by Swan, Richardson, & Hutton found that patients in well decorated and well-appointed hospital rooms rated their attending physicians, housekeeping, food-service staff, the food, and the hospital better than patients in standard rooms in the same hospital. Also, they had stronger intentions to use the hospital again and would recommend the hospital to others.
“Walking into a room with unappealing curtains and tattered window coverings can be overwhelming and unpleasant, said James Condon, director of sales and marketing at Covoc Corporation, a U.S.-based manufacturer and distributor of hospital privacy curtains and track, window shades, blinds and more. “Covoc Corporation seeks to positively impact a patient’s stay. Whether it features a rustic pattern of leaves and trees or a stretch of sundrenched beach, the right curtain can transform any medical room into a peaceful escape. And newer-looking window shades or blinds will provide an unrivaled professional look that can transform a room.”
Yet another study found that environmental satisfaction was a significant predictor of overall satisfaction, ranking below only perceived quality of nursing and clinical care (Harris, P. B., McBride, Ross, & Curtis, 2002). “Comfort is important in getting through any tough situation, and Covoc has 40 years of experience making people comfortable,”
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Covoc Corporation is the leading U.S. manufacturer and global distributor of custom patient-privacy cubicle curtains.