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There is a large and growing need in the world today of finding new forms of treatment and rehabilitation of large groups of individuals suffering from long-term illnesses, based on the individual's health-resources (i.e. salutogenic approaches).
The largest group of people suffering from long-term illness in most of the world are those with stress related mental diseases. Other important groups are stroke survivors and people in post-cancer care, or suffering from dementia or post-traumatic stress disorder (e.g. refugees from war). Usual medical treatment and care could either be inappropriate, or need to be complemented by salutogenic approaches. From more and more research areas in healthcare, nature-based care is hypothesized to be an effective alternative, seen from a patient perspective (faster recovery, fewer side effects) as well as cost-effective, seen from a social perspective. In addition, nature-based interventions seem to have the ability to help the participants to obtain salutogenic strategies for future life.
The Rehabilitation Garden is a living lab, where researchers, users and partners are operating together in this specific territorial context, developing and integrating concurrent research and innovation processes regarding nature-based care and rehabilitation within partnerships. In this living lab, there are opportunities to integrate research and innovation processes through exploration, experimentation and evaluation of researchers' ideas, concepts and related technological artefacts in real life. This provides great opportunities to shorten the time from a hypothesis, through experiments and RCTs, till the method can be used in everyday practice.
- Pálsdóttir, A.M., Kyrö Wissler, S., Nilsson, K., Petersson, I.F. & Grahn, P. 2015. Nature-based rehabilitation in peri-urban areas for people with stress-related illnesses – a controlled prospective study. Acta Horticulturae 1093, 08/2015: pp 31-35 DOI:10.17660
- Pálsdóttir, A.M., ·Andersson, G., Grahn, P., Norrving, B., Kyrö-Wissler, S., Stigmar, K., Petersson, I.F. & Pessah-Rasmussen, H. 2015. A randomized controlled trial of nature-based post-stroke fatigue rehabilitation ("the nature stroke study" (NASTRU)): study design and progress report. International Journal of Stroke 10(S2):430
- Nordström, E-M., Dolling, A., Skärbäck, E., Stoltz, J., Grahn, P. & Lundell, Y. 2015. Forests for wood production and stress recovery: trade-offs in long-term forest management planning. European Journal of Forest Research. 134:1-13.
- Ottosson, J., Lavesson, L., Pinzke, S. & Grahn, P. 2015. The Significance of Experiences of Nature for People with Parkinson’s Disease, with Special Focus on Freezing of Gait—The Necessity for a Biophilic Environment. A Multi-Method Single Subject Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 12:7274-7299.
- Sahlin, E., Ahlborg Jr, G., Tenenbaum, A. & Grahn, P. 2015. Using Nature-Based Rehabilitation to restart a stalled process of rehabilitation in individuals with stress-related mental illness. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 12: 1928-1951
- Sahlin, E., Lindegård, A., Hadzibajramovic, E., Grahn, P., Matuszczyk, J. V. & Ahlborg Jr., G. 2014. The Influence of the Environment on Directed Attention, Blood Pressure and Heart Rate—An Experimental Study Using a Relaxation Intervention. Landscape Research 12/2014; On line Publication(http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01426397.2014.982079).
- Pálsdóttir, A. M., Persson, D., Persson, B. & Grahn, P. 2014. The Journey of Recovery and Empowerment Embraced by Nature — Clients’ Perspectives on Nature-Based Rehabilitation in Relation to the Role of the Natural Environment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 11(7):7094-7115.
- Pálsdóttir, A.M., Persson, D., Thorpert, P. & Grahn, P. 2014. Clients’ perspective on supportive locations at the Alnarp Rehabilitation Garden. A longitudinal single-case study on nature-based rehabilitation. Published in The role of nature in rehabilitation for individuals with stress-related mental disorders. The Alnarp Rehabilitation Garden as supportive environment. Doctoral Thesis No. 45. Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp
- Sahlin, E., Ahlborg Jr, G., Matuszczyk, J. V. & Grahn, P. 2014. Nature-Based Stress Management Course for Individuals at Risk of Adverse Health Effects from Work-Related Stress - Effects on Stress Related Symptoms, Workability and Sick Leave. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 11(6):6586-6611.
- Bengtsson, A. & Grahn, P. 2014. Outdoor Environments in Healthcare settings: A quality evaluation tool for use in designing healthcare gardens. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 13 (4): 878-891
- Pálsdóttir, A. M. 2014. The role of nature in rehabilitation for individuals with stress-related mental disorders. The Alnarp Rehabilitation Garden as supportive environment. Doctoral Thesis No. 45. Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp. http://pub.epsilon.slu.se/11218/
- Währborg, P., Petersson, I. F. & Grahn, P. 2014. Nature-assisted rehabilitation for reactions to severe stress and/or depression in a rehabilitation garden: Long-term follow-up including comparisons with a matched population-based reference cohort. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 46(3):271-276
- Pálsdóttir, A. M., Grahn, P. & Persson, D. 2014. Changes in experienced value of everyday occupations after nature-based vocational rehabilitation. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 21: 58-68
- Grahn, P. & van den Bosch, M. 2014. The impact of sound in health promoting environments. In: Mossberg F. (Ed.) Care for Sound. Sound Environment, pp.43-59. Lund University.