Special Issue "Nature-Based Therapies and Human Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (24 February 2020).
Interests: Landscape Architecture; Health Design; Public Health; Rehabilitation; Therapeutic Use of Natural Environments; Coping Resources
Interests: Animal-Assisted Therapy; Anthrozoology; Therapy dogs; Cats in homes for elderly; Green Care farms; Equine Assisted Therapy
Interests: nature-based interventions; lakes/sea shores; forest bathing; adventure therapy; nature- and animal-assisted interventions; landscape planning and architecture; evidence based health design; public health and nature; environmental psychology; urban agriculture; nature-based Integration; social interactions
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Interests: wilderness therapy and forest therapy; forest bathing; forest planning; human health; nature-based integration
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Interventions aimed at strengthening human health have been used in natural environments since ancient time. From the beginning of the 20th century, they have included more and more varieties, such as horticultural therapy, nature therapy, garden therapy, wilderness therapy, ecotherapy, forest therapy, green care and animal assisted therapy. At the same time, these nature-based therapies (NBT) target more and more types of disability, ill health and diseases. As non-communicable diseases, such as psychiatric diagnoses, burnout, cardiovascular disease; and chronic diseases, such as dementia, ASD, asthma, body aches, COPD, etc. are increasing worldwide, interest in NBT are also increasing. This is because NBT appear to have a positive impact on these often hard-to-treat diseases, and without any serious side effects.
NBT contain many parts, such as choice of location, choice of team, choice of activities, etc. It is important for the continued development in the field that all these parts are carefully described. As interest increases, the demands for evidence-based development in the area increase. In this special issue, we invite researchers in health promoting interventions (e.g., public health, psychology, sociology, psychiatry, occupational therapy and physiotherapy), as well as experts in "nature" (e.g., biology, agriculture, veterinary medicine, ethology, horticulture, forestry, and landscape architecture) to deepen the research topic of NBT:
1) Evidence. More well-designed studies are needed to prove that NBT work; and furthermore, for what types of diseases/ill health may NBT be the best choice.
2) Theory. Theoretical explanatory models regarding how NBT can improve human health.
3) Content. Description of the studied interventions: qualities of the site; team knowledge and education; selected activities; participants’ time in intervention.
4) Best matching, between selected intervention and participants needs. This include: composition of team, choice of location, choice of activities, and length of intervention.
Prof. Dr. Patrik Grahn
Prof. Lena Lidfors
Dr. Anna Maria Palsdottir
Assoc. Prof. Ann Dolling
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- Health promotion
- Natural Environment
- Nature Therapy
- Horticultural Therapy
- Green Care
- Animal Assisted Therapy