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Light therapy: Methodological issues from an engineering perspective.

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Light therapy: Methodological issues from an engineering perspective.

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Light therapy is increasingly administered and studied as a non-pharmacologic treatment for a variety of health-related problems. Light therapy comes in a variety of ways, ranging from being exposed to daylight to being exposed to light from light boxes and ambient bright light. Light therapy is an area in medicine where medical sciences meet the realms of physics, engineering and technology. Therefore, it is paramount that attention is paid in the methodology of studies to the technical aspects in their full breadth. This paper provides an extensive introduction for non-technical researchers on how to describe and adjust their methodology when involved in lighting therapy research. With the contents of the manuscript, researchers can make their results more useable for the lighting industry, which in the long run, has to come up with practical lighting solutions for use in nursing homes and psychiatric hospitals. A specific focus in this manuscript is on ambient bright light, as it is an emerging field within the domain of light therapy. The paper deals with how to (i) describe the lighting equipment, (ii) describe the light measurements, (iii) describe the building and interaction with daylight. Moreover, attention is paid to the uncertainty in standards and guidelines regarding light and lighting for older adults.

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OrganisatieFontys Hogescholen
LectoraatLectoraat Health innovations and technology
Gepubliceerd inTechnology and health care Vol. 20, Uitgave: 1, Pagina's: 11-23
Jaar2011
TypeArtikel
TaalEngels

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