The American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) conducted its 43rd annual conference last month in Portland, Oregon, with the theme, “Research: Shaping the Horticultural Therapy Landscape.” Nearly 200 attendees from around the world attended more than 25 sessions that showcased the research, and New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania were well represented.
The range of professionals who presented included medical doctors, Ph.D.s, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed landscape architects, and registered horticultural therapists.
Rogers S. Ulrich, Ph.D., delivered the keynote address, “Measuring the Benefits of Garden for Hospital Populations,” which detailed Ulrich’s research at Legacy Hospital in Portland.
Ulrich is professor of architecture at the Center for Healthcare Building Research at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and is an adjunct professor of architecture at Aalborg University in Denmark. He is the most frequently cited researcher internationally in evidence-based healthcare design. Ulrich’s work has directly impacted the design of billions of dollars of hospital construction and improved the health outcomes and safety of patients around the world.
The studies conducted by Ulrich focuses on one garden and the effects of this garden on different populations that are new mothers, families of patients in intensive or critical care and nurses in high stress. Data collection from the study is still underway.
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