Small study finds link between lighting in hospital rooms, patient mood, pain

11/11/2013 | Reuters

A small study suggests hospitals could help improve patients' moods and comfort with better daytime lighting. Researchers whose work was reported in the Journal of Advanced Nursing found low daytime light exposure was linked to worse mood and greater levels of pain and fatigue among patients. "Further findings might result in a cost-effective way to provide supportive therapy for sleep and pain -- common issues in hospitalized patients affecting their ability to heal and be well," said researcher Esther Bernhofer.

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