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Horticultural therapy: the 'healing garden'and gardening in rehabilitation measures at Danderyd Hospital Rehabilitation Clinic, Sweden.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15513768     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: Objectives were to review the literature on horticultural therapy and describe the Danderyd Hospital Horticultural Therapy Garden and its associated horticultural therapy programme. DESIGN: The literature review is based on the search words 'gardening', 'healing garden' and 'horticultural therapy'. The description is based on the second author's personal knowledge and popular-scientific articles initiated by her. The material has been integrated with acknowledged occupational therapy literature. SETTING: The setting was the Danderyd Hospital Rehabilitation Clinic, Sweden, Horticultural Therapy Garden. PARTICIPANTS: Forty-six patients with brain damage participated in group horticultural therapy. RESULTS: Horticulture therapy included the following forms: imagining nature, viewing nature, visiting a hospital healing garden and, most important, actual gardening. It was expected to influence healing, alleviate stress, increase well-being and promote participation in social life and re-employment for people with mental or physical illness. The Horticultural Therapy Garden was described regarding the design of the outdoor environment, adaptations of garden tools, cultivation methods and plant material. This therapy programme for mediating mental healing, recreation, social interaction, sensory stimulation, cognitive re-organization and training of sensory motor function is outlined and pre-vocational skills and the teaching of ergonomical body positions are assessed. CONCLUSION: This study gives a broad historic survey and a systematic description of horticultural therapy with emphasis on its use in rehabilitation following brain damage. Horticulture therapy mediates emotional, cognitive and/or sensory motor functional improvement, increased social participation, health, well-being and life satisfaction. However, the effectiveness, especially of the interacting and acting forms, needs investigation.
Ingrid Söderback; Marianne Söderström; Elisabeth Schälander
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric rehabilitation     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1363-8491     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Rehabil     Publication Date:    2004 Oct-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-10-29     Completed Date:  2005-02-01     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9709256     Medline TA:  Pediatr Rehabil     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  245-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Public Health and Caring Science, Uppsala University, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Brain Injury, Chronic / diagnosis,  rehabilitation*
Complementary Therapies / methods
Disabled Persons / rehabilitation
Leisure Activities
Mental Disorders / diagnosis,  rehabilitation*
Quality of Life*
Rehabilitation Centers
Rehabilitation, Vocational / methods*
Risk Factors
Treatment Outcome
Comment In:
Pediatr Rehabil. 2005 Jul-Sep;8(3):235-7   [PMID:  16087559 ]

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