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Study to review benefits of visits to therapeutic garden on nurses’ stress

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A study on the benefits of a therapeutic terrace garden, under construction near Legacy Emanuel Medical Center’s family birth center and cardiovascular ICU in Portland, Ore., is planned for April 2014.

Researchers will begin the study, focusing specifically on the garden’s influence on nurses, mothers and their babies and the family members of cardiovascular ICU patients, once the garden is completed.

The study will begin to understand how spending time in the garden affects stress management in nurses.

The garden design, construction and subsequent research will be funded by a $560,000 grant from the TKF Foundation’s National Nature Sacred Awards Program. TKF is a private nonprofit that funds publicly accessible urban green space. The name TFK is, in part, a combination of its founders’ initials.

“We are extremely enthusiastic about receiving the funding that will provide the research infrastructure and expertise to support this important project,” P. Ashley Wackym, MD, clinical vice president of research for Legacy Health, said in a news release. “Measuring the outcomes of innovative and transformative care delivery is one key part of the mission of Legacy Research Institute.”

A therapeutic landscapes symposium has been scheduled for April 4, 2014 at Legacy Health in Portland to coincide with the opening of the garden, according to a news release.

The 6,800-square-foot garden will feature areas for quiet reflection, a water wall, four seasons of specially selected garden plants, wind sails and covered areas to protect from sun, rain and wind, and a children’s activity area.

LEARN MORE at legacyhealth.org/gardenresearch.

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