E01 The Impact of a Hospital Garden on Three Populations

  • Room: Osceola Ballroom A
  • Session Number:E01
Sunday, November 12, 2017: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM


Makayla Cordoza MSN, RN, CCRN-K
Nursing Education and Practice Specialist
Legacy Health
Roger Ulrich Ph.D, EDAC, CHD Board Director Emeritus, Professor
Dr. Roger Ulrich
R. Ulrich, professor
Teresia Hazen MEd, HTR, QMHP
Coordinator of Therapeutic Gardens
Legacy Health, Portland, OR


Despite previous studies on the benefits of nature and gardens, many knowledge gaps remain. This presentation describes findings from new studies on the effects of a garden located near three medical departments in a hospital complex. The studies used rigorous research methods to examine impacts of the garden on three populations: stressed family members of intensive care patients, critical care nurses working in high-stress units, and postpartum mothers and their partners. No previous research has examined the influences of a garden on these groups. The findings show that the garden improved various outcomes in the populations and provide new insights concerning the value of well-designed healthcare gardens.


Learning Objectives

Learn the latest findings from scientific research concerning the effects of gardens and nature on clinical outcomes. Understand the process for designing successful healthcare gardens that’s informed by research evidence and the involvement of clinicians, family, and former patients. Obtain research methods that yield sound evidence concerning the therapeutic effects of gardens and nature in healthcare buildings. Learn about the specific therapeutic benefits of a garden for these three population groups.

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