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Recognition of the psychological effects of medical events continues to grow.

Blaring sirens or flashing lights alerts us to emergency situations. Maybe we try to see the accident or have to drive past it.

Previous research associated the ability to empathize with a patient's situation to a myriad of beneficial health related outcomes, including more satisfied patients and better patient outcomes, fewer medical errors and malpractice claims, and happier doctors.

A new study of adult hospital patients found that "Despite the importance of sleep for recovery, hospital noise may put patients at risk for sleep loss and its associated negative effects."

What do kids in the hospital think about their nurses? Here’s another great study that listens to the perspectives of children and youth in the hospital.