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Noise at night in hospital general wards: a mapping of the literature

Fillary, Julie, Chaplin, Hema, Jones, Gill, Thompson, Angela, Holme, Anita, Wilson, Patricia M. (2015) Noise at night in hospital general wards: a mapping of the literature. British Journal of Nursing, 24 (10). ISSN 0966-0461. E-ISSN 2052-2819. (doi:10.12968/bjon.2015.24.10.536) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

English NHS inpatient surveys consistently identify that noise at night in hospitals and its impact on patients' sleep is a persisting problem that needs addressing. To identify how noise at night in hospital affects patients on general wards and the range of interventions aimed at reducing the problem, a systematic mapping of the literature was undertaken. All primary studies and relevant literature published January 2003–July 2013 were included. Key issues identified in the literature included noise levels and causes, impact on patient experience, and lack of staff awareness. Interventions to reduce noise were targeted at staff education, behaviour modification, care organisation and environmental solutions. The scoping suggested that when compared with specialist units, there is little evidence on effective interventions reducing disturbance from night-time noise on general wards. The available evidence suggests a whole systems approach should be adopted to aid quality sleep and promote recovery.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.12968/bjon.2015.24.10.536
Uncontrolled keywords: Noise, Sleep, Patient satisfaction, Nursing interventions, Hospital design and construction
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Patricia Wilson
Date Deposited: 22 May 2015 08:44 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2019 10:31 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/48608 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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