Speech privacy in multiple-bed patient rooms

Jikke Reinten, Ella Braat, Ronald Zuydervliet, Marten Valk, Quirijn De Mast

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While research has shown the multiple benefits of single-bed patient rooms in hospitals, amongst which the experience of privacy and dignity, the majority of patient rooms in existing hospitals are shared. Transforming them into single-patient rooms can be time-consuming, costly or even impossible, which motivates this study looking into privacy in multiple-patient rooms. To share a hospital room, means to share sensitive information with total strangers. This may cause uncomfortable situations for both patients. Furthermore, the awareness of other ears in the room can withhold some patients from sharing important information during daily ward rounds The aim of this study was to investigate the acoustic effect and the acceptance of an adjustable sound masking system in a 4-bed patient room. The objective of the system is that when a doctor shares personal information with one patient, the other patients in the room are not able to understand the conversation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealthy Buildings Europe 2017
PublisherInternational Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ)
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9788379472604, 978-83-7947-232-1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2017
EventHealthy Buildings Europe 2017, HB 2017 - Lublin, Poland
Duration: 2 Jul 20175 Jul 2017


ConferenceHealthy Buildings Europe 2017, HB 2017
Abbreviated titleHB 2017 Europe


  • (Room acoustics
  • Hospitals)
  • Sound masking
  • Speech intelligibility


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