- In 1957/58, the King's Fund conducted an enquiry into the problem of noise control in hospitals, and the results of this enquiry were published in a report in November 1958. In 1960 it was felt that some useful information might be obtained by inviting the fifteen hospitals of the initial enquiry to take part in a follow-up enquiry to find out what improvements or changes had taken place during this period. Patients were given questionnaires to indicate how much noise they thought there was. The results of the enquiry indicate that about half of the patients were not unduly bothered by noise, and the comments of those patients who referred to noise could be divided into two categories: those caused primarily by people and outside traffic etc; and those caused primarily by equipment etc. The comparative decrease between 1957 and 1960 in the number of complaints under some headings indicates that it is quite practicable to reduce the amount of unnecessary noise in hospitals.