(PDF) The impact of single family room design on patients and caregivers: Executive summary

Jacki Roig

except the provision of waiting and resting space for families

outside the NICU, and corridors and signage for wayfinding.

As these two environmental factors are identical for Hospital 2,

we can assume that the data are inconsequential.

According to staff, single rooms are superior to open bays in

terms of providing privacy to families and infants. This is most

strongly articulated in Hospital 1, which is limited to SFRs.

However, while the SFR-only NICU is perceived as less stressful

than the SFR portion of the combined unit, very little difference

was found in response to the question ‘the environment supports

the family’s presence and participation.’ This suggests that

common factors that are not associated with the physical

environment may be contributing to stress levels.

Consistent with their high ratings of the physical environment,

members of the nursing staff in Hospital 1 report less stress and

more satisfaction with their job

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