In healthcare, research has long shown that connections to nature can support the healing process. The most well-known champion on this topic is Roger Ulrich, whose study more than 30 years ago showed that patients recovering from gallbladder surgery healed faster when they had a view of nature. But little has been documented about the important role nature and biophilic design strategies can have on staff—the individuals who ultimately spend the most time in healthcare environments
Biophilic design is focused on finding ways to harness the restorative attributes of nature to improve people’s mental and physical well-being. This paper explores this topic of biophilic design and introduces several strategies that can be employed in healthcare and hospital environments.