The Hospital Environment: Its Impact on the Patient

  • Donald S. Kornfeld
Part of the Current Topics in Mental Health book series (CTMH)


With the growth of modern hospital technology, there has been increasing concern by physicians for the emotional impact of the hospital environment on patients. In the past, the hospital environment has been studied primarily by social scientists1-5 who have examined it as a social system. Few studies, however, have been done by physicians. This probably reflects two facts:
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    Members of the medical profession develop the necessary psychological defense mechanisms which allow them to work in this environment but in doing so, prevent themselves from appreciating its effect on others.

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    Physicians have not, until recently, appreciated that clinically significant reactions to the hospital environment can occur.



Sleep Deprivation Recovery Room Hospital Environment House Officer Ward Round 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald S. Kornfeld
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychiatric Consultation Service, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.College of Physicians and SurgeonsNew YorkUSA

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