Annotative Bibliography #6 – Stress-reducing effects of indoor plants in the built healthcare environment: The mediating role of perceived attractiveness by: K. Dijkstra, M.E. Pieterse, A. Pruyn


In this article, Stress-reducing effects of indoor plants in the built healthcare environment: The mediating role of perceived attractiveness, Dijkstra, Pieterse, and Pruyn talk about the stress reducing effects natural elements have on patients in healthcare facilities creating those “healing environments” for those patients. They showed how other authors experimented and talked about how natural settings are far more stress reducers than urban settings. They want to see if this is the reason why most people prefer natural settings over the urban settings or if its directly due to the actual plants which reduce the stress and create attractiveness. The participants were shown a picture of a hospital room with the indoor plants and another without the indoor plants and an urban setting; with this they also used different measurements. While using statistical procedures in their conclusion, participants felt less stress with the indoor plants than the ones with the wall painting, including perceived attractiveness mediates from the presence of indoor plants and perceived stress.

Not Atlanta, but shows environment like nature & other variables in interior affects people. It is similar to other article that is why I chose it. The bias here is not every person would prefer natural elements over urban settings, so not always true nature will always reduce stress compared to urban settings. There was also 21 years old in this testing & only up to 77 people in the experiment, the data could change completely.The interior environment has many variables affects the people.


Hospital with no natural element
( The new ED at Parkland Hospital, Dallas, features 140-sf universal, acuity-adaptable, same-handed treatment rooms. HDR and Corgan designed the rooms to adapt to rapidly changing patient needs and to help providers deliver care faster and more efficiently. Photo courtesy HDR – See more at: )


Stock Photo by Sean Locke
Stock Photo by Sean Locke


Dijkstra, K., M.E. Pieterse, and A. Pruyn. “Stress-Reducing Effects Of Indoor Plants In The Built Healthcare Environment: The Mediating Role Of Perceived Attractiveness.” Preventive Medicine 47.(2008): 279-283. Science Direct. Web. 21 Feb. 2016


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