Healthcare Design’s monthly Online Focus feature compiles recent coverage on targeted topics to help readers quickly get up to speed on pressing issues or refresh themselves on latest trends. For May, we look at recent coverage of biophilia and nature-driven design.

Research has long proven that providing patients access to views of nature and natural light improves outcomes, length of stay, and satisfaction. The benefits of introducing nature to healthcare environments don’t stop there, either, with staff and families also positively impacted by elements of the outdoors—especially in reducing stress.

Solutions run the gamut, with daylighting and natural tones and finishes key elements of any new project today, while providing opportunities for a breath of fresh air through courtyards, gardens, rooftop terraces, and even the occasional balcony or operable window are being introduced, as well.

Click on the links below to explore recent projects and trend stories that illustrate how to successfully introduce natural elements into a healthcare project.