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Juang, D. F., Lee, C. H., Yang, T., & Chang, M. C. (2010). Noise pollution and its effects on medical care workers and patients in hospitals. International Journal of Environmental Science & Technology, 7(4), 705–716. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Peer reviewed
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 1735-1472
BibTeX citation key: Juang2010
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Categories: Health
Keywords: Noise
Creators: Chang, Juang, Lee, Yang
Publisher: Springer (Berlin)
Collection: International Journal of Environmental Science & Technology
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Abstract
"The objectives of this study are to investigate the levels of noise pollution in some hospitals in
Taiwan and to study the effects of noise pollution on the physiological and psychological reactions and annoyance
response of medical care staff, patients and visitors in these hospitals. An instrument for the measurement of sound
level was used and a self-answered survey questionnaire on noise pollution was administered. Results showed that the
daily average sound levels measured inside these hospitals during daytime were between 52.6 and 64.6 decibels. These
are higher than the current daytime environmental noise limit of 50 decibels in Taiwan. Most nursing staff members
expressed that “talking of visitors or patient’s family members” is the major source of noise inside the wards, whereas
“talking of visitors or patient’s family members” and “children playing” are the two major noise sources outside the
wards. However, most patients or visitors claimed that “doors opening or closing” and “patients moaning or crying”
are the two major sources of noise inside the wards. “Footsteps,” “renovation of hospitals,” “talking of visitors or
patient’s family members,” “shouting of nursing staff” and “doors opening or closing” are the five major noise sources
outside the wards. To conclude, noise pollution inside and outside the wards either directly or indirectly affects, in a
simultaneous manner, the subjective perception of noise, emotions, physiology and experience of noise inside and
outside the wards of both the medical care staff and the patients and visitors."
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