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Blood pressure-lowering effect of Shinrin-yoku (Forest bathing): a systematic review and meta-analysis

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies, August 2017
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#36 of 3,707)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (98th percentile)
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13 news outlets
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5 blogs
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1 policy source
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48 tweeters
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1 Wikipedia page
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Title
Blood pressure-lowering effect of Shinrin-yoku (Forest bathing): a systematic review and meta-analysis
Published in
BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies, August 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12906-017-1912-z
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Authors

Yuki Ideno, Kunihiko Hayashi, Yukina Abe, Kayo Ueda, Hiroyasu Iso, Mitsuhiko Noda, Jung-Su Lee, Shosuke Suzuki

Abstract

Shinrin-yoku (experiencing the forest atmosphere or forest bathing) has received increasing attention from the perspective of preventive medicine in recent years. Some studies have reported that the forest environment decreases blood pressure. However, little is known about the possibility of anti-hypertensive applications of Shinrin-yoku. This study aimed to evaluate preventive or therapeutic effects of the forest environment on blood pressure. We systematically reviewed the medical literature and performed a meta-analysis.Four electronic databases were systematically searched for the period before May 2016 with language restriction of English and Japanese. The review considered all published, randomized, controlled trials, cohort studies, and comparative studies that evaluated the effects of the forest environment on changes in systolic blood pressure. A subsequent meta-analysis was performed. Twenty trials involving 732 participants were reviewed. Systolic blood pressure of the forest environment was significantly lower than that of the non-forest environment. Additionally, diastolic blood pressure of the forest environment was significantly lower than that of the non-forest environment. This systematic review shows a significant effect of Shinrin-yoku on reduction of blood pressure.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 329 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 50 15%
Student > Master 44 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 37 11%
Researcher 32 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 18 5%
Other 65 20%
Unknown 83 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 49 15%
Nursing and Health Professions 33 10%
Psychology 25 8%
Social Sciences 22 7%
Environmental Science 20 6%
Other 78 24%
Unknown 102 31%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 171. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 April 2023.
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#208,793
of 23,578,918 outputs
Outputs from BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies
#36
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#4,532
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Outputs of similar age from BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies
#2
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