Making a doctors job easier: nude coloured hospital gowns

May 5th, 2010

It seems changing the colour of a hospital gown to skin colour significantly helps doctors ability to detect health problems (based on the change of colour of their skin).  Interesting huh?

Read the original here.

And along the same lines.

The fake bus stop in Germany outside a rest home.  As Alzheimer’s patients wander off (from the home) they go to bus stop to catch the next bus.  Of course buses don’t turn up but it acts as a capture point, whereby the nurses can assist them once they come back to reality.  Immoral or moral? I suggest a best case answer to a difficult problem.

Read more over here.

The point is, modifying  contextual factors can completely change the outcome.  Controlling the context to reach favourable outcomes.  The first helps doctors do their jobs better and the second helps nurses (and patients) deal with Alzheimer’s.

(Thanks to Springwise & Radiolab for passing that on).

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One Response to “Making a doctors job easier: nude coloured hospital gowns”

  1. Bill Bennett Says:

    The fake bus stop is a clever variation on the “if you build it, they will come” idea.

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