Noise pollution in Hospitals: Impacts on staff

Erica E. Ryherd, Selen Okcu, Jeremy Ackerman, Craig Zimring, Kerstin Persson Waye

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Abstract

• Objective: To review the effects of hospital noise on staff. • Methods: Review of the literature. • Results: The authors searched for studies that relate the hospital acoustic environment and staff response. Forty-one papers were selected that focus on hospital staff stress, satisfaction, psychosocial environment, job performance, and health, although not all specifically discuss noise. Although the effects of hospital noise on staff are generally negative, results are sometimes inconclusive. Further, some staff outcomes (eg, psychosocial environment, health) were studied in a very limited number of articles or via small subject sample sizes. • Conclusion: Although the effects of hospital noise on staff are generally negative, interpretations must be made with caution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)491-500
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Outcomes Management
Volume19
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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    Ryherd, E. E., Okcu, S., Ackerman, J., Zimring, C., & Waye, K. P. (2012). Noise pollution in Hospitals: Impacts on staff. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, 19(11), 491-500.