1. JCAHO, Joint Commission for the Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations. New environment of care standards (EC). http://www.jointcommission.org
Environment of Care (EC) standards suggest incorporating the arts by stipulating that:
- the hospital establish an environment that meets the needs of patients, encourages a positive self-image, and respects their human dignity (EC 3.1)
- the built environment support the development and maintenance of the patient’s interests, skills, and opportunities for personal growth (EC 3.4)
A few examples cited are art exhibits, musical performances, access to nature, and opportunities for social interaction among patients through recreational interchange – which means creative nursing interventions.