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Hsu, T., Ryherd, E., Persson Waye, K., & Ackerman, J. (2012). Noise pollution in hospitals: impact on patients. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, 19(7), 301–309. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Peer reviewed
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 10796533
BibTeX citation key: Hsu2012
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Categories: Health
Keywords: Hospitals, Noise
Creators: Ackerman, Hsu, Persson Waye, Ryherd
Publisher: Turner White Communications Inc.
Collection: Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management
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  • Objective: To review the epidemiology of noise pollu- tion in hospitals and its effects on patients.

  • Methods: Review of the literature.

  • Results: Using academic search engines such as

    PubMed, JSTOR, and JASA, as well as common internet search engines, 36 papers were selected that focus on noise as it relates to patient sleep distur- bances, cardiovascular response, length of hospital stay, pain management, wound healing, and physio- logical reactions. Results generally show the potential for negative physiological effect when patients are ex- posed to noise; however, conflicting studies are also reported. This review attempts to define the research chain in the collected articles by determining which acoustic characteristics were examined, what type of acoustic intervention (if any) was used, and what the patient outcomes were.

  • Conclusion: The effects of hospital noise on patients are generally negative but sometimes inconclusive. In- formation on specific acoustic metrics/methodologies used is often limited, few studies examine the impacts of acoustic interventions, and some patient outcomes were studied in a limited number of articles or via small subject sample sizes, highlighting areas of po- tential future research.

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