Journal article

Attractions to Fuel the Imagination: Reframing Understandings of the Role of Distraction Relative to Well-Being in the Pediatric Hospital

Rebecca McLaughlan, Ahmed Sadek, Julie Willis

HERD-HEALTH ENVIRONMENTS RESEARCH & DESIGN JOURNAL | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Ulrich's (1991) definition of "positive distraction" includes that which "elicits positive feelings and holds attention," implying that the capacity of an environmental feature to hold attention is a necessary component. This article examines whether, in the context of a pediatric hospital, a distraction needs to "hold attention" to secure positive benefits for patient well-being. BACKGROUND: Data collected from 246 patients at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital (Australia) revealed a discrepancy between what children and young people told us they did, and valued, within the hospital, relative to the time they spent engaging in, or paying attention to, these same features. This..

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