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Ryherd, E., Ocku, S., Ackerman, J., Zimring, C., & Persson Waye, K. (2012). Noise pollution in hospitals: Impacts on staff. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, 19(11), 491–500. 
Resource type: Journal Article
Peer reviewed
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 10796533
BibTeX citation key: Ryherd2012
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Categories: Health
Keywords: Noise, Review
Creators: Ackerman, Ocku, Persson Waye, Ryherd, Zimring
Publisher: Turner White Communications Inc.
Collection: Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management
• Objective: To review the effects of hospital noise on
• Methods: Review of the literature.
• Results: The authors searched for studies that relate
the hospital acoustic environment and staff response.
Forty-one papers were selected that focus on hospital
staff stress, satisfaction, psychosocial environment,
job performance, and health, although not all
specifically discuss noise. Although the effects of
hospital noise on staff are generally negative, results
are sometimes inconclusive. Further, some staff outcomes
(eg, psychosocial environment, health) were
studied in a very limited number of articles or via small
subject sample sizes.
• Conclusion: Although the effects of hospital noise on
staff are generally negative, interpretations must be
made with caution.
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