Assessing Environmental Factors in Healthcare Facilities in Order to Improve the Experience of Patients Staff and the Quality of Imaging Procedures

  • End date
    Feb 20, 2024
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Ohio State University
Updated on 17 October 2021
Accepts healthy volunteers


The purpose of this study is to assess subjects' perceptions of environmental conditions and their preferences, and to expose subjects to varied environmental conditions as well as to assess their perception and feedback to these conditions. Another aim of this study is to explore potential patterns, factors of influence, and factors of reference in relation to the objectively assessed quality of the imagining examination and/or the perception of the patient. Finally, another aim of this study is to explore the feasibility of innovative biofeedback response capturing methodologies and technologies to guide the design of specific clinical investigations or trials.


Tremendous technological advances have occurred in recent years that enable easily controlled lights, sound, temperature, airflow as well as sensatory experiences such as smell or vibrations. While in some fields, these technologies are readily used, their potential application within healthcare environments has not yet been studied. In this study, we want to investigate how environmental factors including light, sound, temperature, smell, and sensatory experiences such as vibration are being perceived by subjects to develop environmental strategies using those components to create a more relaxing, and comforting experience for patients prior, during and after an imaging examination and for staff working in such environments. This data that will also guide to encourage changes of patient staff facility interactions to further improve the healthcare experience and quality of imaging examinations. To get a complete set of data, we plan to include volunteer participants, patients scheduled for imaging examinations, and staff working in the healthcare environment. This study has up to three different components: A, filling out survey forms to learn more about the perception of experience factors B, participating in facility experiences that may expose subjects to different facility factors and will then assess responses using additional survey forms or electronic measurement and data capture devices and C, during an imaging study the environment experience may be altered and assessments will be done to determine how relaxed the subject remains during the imagining study and the degree of motion induced artifacts. Feedback data will be obtained through survey tools as well as available consumer grade wearable devices that can continuously capture physiological parameters such as heart rate, motion, body perspiration and muscle tension. Only participants in the patient, staff, or volunteer populations who are not receiving an MRI imaging examination will participate in utilizing the wearable devices, as the wearable devices are not compatible with the MRI system. Patients receiving a PET/CT examination will be able to utilize a wearable device. For patients scheduled for an imaging examination the findings and perception of environmental factors will be compared with the image quality of the imaging examination and the feedback responses.

Condition Healthcare Facility Environment - Imaging, Healthcare Facility Environment - Imaging, Healthcare Facility Environment - Imaging, Healthcare Facility Environment - Imaging, Healthcare Facility Environment - Imaging, Healthcare Facility Environment - Imaging, Healthcare Facility Environment - Imaging, Healthcare Facility Environment - Imaging
Treatment Light perception, Sound perception, Sound perception, Smell perception, Smell perception, Vibration perception, Voice activation
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03456895
SponsorOhio State University
Last Modified on17 October 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Volunteer population
Male and female volunteers above the age of 18 who are able to give an informed consent or have a legal guardian able to give informed consent on their behalf
Staff population
Male and female staff at the Ohio State University above the age of 18 who are able to give informed consent
Patient population
Male and female patients greater than or equal to 18 years of age able to give informed consent or have a guardian able to give informed consent on their behalf
Patients must have an imaging study such as an MRI, PET/CT, or CT scheduled to be performed at the Wright Center facility at Martha Morehouse

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Subjects that are incapable of giving informed consent or that do not have a legal guardian to give informed consent on their behalf
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