PLANT&FOREST

Analysis of the needs of forest healing facilities for female cancer survivors

Eun Kum Lee1, Bum Jin Park2,*

1Department of Forest Resources, Graduate School of Chungnam National University, Daejeon 34134, Korea
2Department of Environment & Forest Resources, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 34134, Korea

*Corresponding author: bjpark@cnu.ac.kr

Abstract

This study was conducted to identify the appropriate space requirements for forest healing program for physical and mental health care of female cancer survivors in their 40s and 60s. From September to November 2023, 12 cancer survivors were surveyed at Chungnam National University Forest and Daejeon Healing Forest. One Forest Therapy instructor and two researchers conducted a forest healing program once a week for eight sessions of two hours each, Perceptions and satisfaction with the program and space were assessed using pre and post program questionnaires, and the effect of participation in the forest healing program on mood status was evaluated. The satisfaction survey results were supplemented by qualitative studies conducted through post-interviews. Result of the analysis showed that the satisfaction of the participants was very high (4.8/5.0). There was a notable increase in vigor and a decrease in total mood disturbance after participation in the program. Toilets and water facilities (11), tool boxes (9), pest control facilities (3), deck facilities (3), forest hut (3), electrical outlets (2), shade shelters (2), and shoe hairy (1) were proposed as required facilities for cancer survivors. This study demonstrated that the forest healing program is effective in reducing distress in female cancer survivors in their 40s and 60s and appropriate facility standards for the forest healing space are needed to increase the satisfaction of cancer survivors.

Keywords

concurrent mixed methods study, facility standard, physical and mental health care, satisfaction of the program participant

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