The goal of this project is to reduce patient-perceived noise disruptions by creating a more restful hospital environment, which in turn, will aid in patients’ healing. This is a very significant scope of work and the project has been running for one year.
The hospital environment has been recognized by clinicians as an important factor in patient healing. The UM Hospital system is sponsoring this study to better understand and ultimately reduce the level of noise. Patient perception of noise or reaction to noise (in certain conditions) seems to be much more important in the clinical hospital environment than sheer noise levels.
In the past year students’ have identified and quantified many sources of noise patient environment. In the next year more detailed data collection methods and analysis will be required. The team will also likely conduct cost/benefit analysis of correcting the most significant issues as well as possibly propose some solutions. The data collection and analysis has the potential result in academic publication for the team.