Roger Watson, Editor-in-Chief
Does it matter if a residential home has a garden? How does that affect the quality of life of residents? In the background to this study the authors say: 'Access to a green outdoor environment may enable psychological distance, engage effortless attention, encourage more frequent visitation and promote resident health.' This study by Dahlkvist et al. (2106) comes from Sweden and is titled 'Garden greenery and the health of older people in residential care facilities: a multi-level cross-sectional study' and published in JAN and aimed to: 'test the relationship between greenery in gardens at residential facilities for older people and the self-perceived health of residents, mediated by experiences of being away and fascination when in the garden and the frequency of visitation there. To examine how these indirect effects vary with the number of physical barriers to visiting the garden.'
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DAHLKVIST E., HARTIG T., NILSSON A., HӦGBERG H., SKOVDAHL K. & ENGSTRӦM M. (2016) Garden greenery and the health of older people in residential care facilities: a multi-level cross-sectional study. Journal of Advanced Nursing doi: 10.1111/jan.12968