Using signs, artwork, and music to promote stair use in a public building

K. N. Boutelle, R. W. Jeffery, D. M. Murray, M. K.H. Schmitz

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Objectives. This study assessed the impact on stair use of improving the attractiveness of a stairwell. Methods. Observations of stair usage were made in a university building during baseline, 2 interventions, and follow-up. The first intervention involved signs; the second intervention added artwork and music in the stairwell. Results. More participants used the stairs during the music and artwork intervention than at baseline or when signs alone were used. Conclusions. Improving the aesthetic qualities of a stairwell can increase rates of stair usage in a public building. Designs for buildings should take accessibility and aesthetic issues into consideration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2004-2006
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2001


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