Graphics in Healing Environments
There is an increasing body of research that shows the use of artwork in healthcare settings leads to improved patient well-being and better outcomes. In addition, the rise in awareness of biophilia and its impact on the calmness and mental state of patients also points to the use of such elements in healing environments.
This essay seeks to briefly lay out the research behind these trends, and then to offer several examples where both
beautiful imagery, and fun and whimsical graphics have been applied in actual real-world healthcare settings.