Hospitals should offer bingo and art sessions, says BMA

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 10 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d172
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Hospital patients should have the opportunity to play bingo and card games and to take part in creative activities to overcome boredom and improve clinical outcomes, says a new report from the BMA’s board of science.

The report says that a patient’s physical environment is also important: sunnier rooms, views of green spaces, and quieter wards can make patients happier and speed up their recovery. While many current buildings may not allow them, consideration of such changes should be paramount in new buildings …

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