View through a window may influence recovery from surgery.

  title={View through a window may influence recovery from surgery.},
  author={Roger S. Ulrich},
  volume={224 4647},
  • R. Ulrich
  • Published 27 April 1984
  • Medicine
  • Science
Records on recovery after cholecystectomy of patients in a suburban Pennsylvania hospital between 1972 and 1981 were examined to determine whether assignment to a room with a window view of a natural setting might have restorative influences. Twenty-three surgical patients assigned to rooms with windows looking out on a natural scene had shorter postoperative hospital stays, received fewer negative evaluative comments in nurses' notes, and took fewer potent analgesics than 23 matched patients… 

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