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Awareness of ‘sound’ in nursing homes: A large-scale soundscape survey in Flanders (Belgium)

Aletta, F; Vander Mynsbrugge, T; Van de Velde, D; De Vriendt, P; Thomas, P; Filipan, K; Botteldooren, D; (2018) Awareness of ‘sound’ in nursing homes: A large-scale soundscape survey in Flanders (Belgium). Building Acoustics , 25 (1) pp. 43-59. 10.1177/1351010X17748113. Green open access

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Abstract

There are relatively few studies on the acoustic environment of care facilities. However, sound is an important component of the users’ experience and quality of life in these spaces, and particularly in nursing homes, where both staff and residents have medium- to long-term perspectives, contrarily to hospital settings. This study included an online large-scale survey for nursing homes in Flanders and it targeted the group of professionals. It aimed at providing an overview about noise sensitivity and sound perception of the staff members in their work environment, as well as investigating the potential effects on sound perception of staff role and context. Results showed that limited differences emerged for staff roles, while more differences were found when exploring the context factor. Overall, the results of this study claim for further attention on the management and design of the sound environment in these facilities.

Type: Article
Title: Awareness of ‘sound’ in nursing homes: A large-scale soundscape survey in Flanders (Belgium)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1351010X17748113
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1128/AAC.01540-17
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10051320
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