The hospital garden: designing for healing and respite

Gray, Amelia (2011) The hospital garden: designing for healing and respite. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    It is increasingly being recognised that the quality of the design of physical environments can affect those who spend time in them, and, in the healthcare sector, can particularly affect patient medical outcomes, stress levels of staff and patients, and perception of care quality (Rubin, Owens, and Golden, 1998; Ulrich, 2001). There has been a shift in the scientific mainstream medical community away from a narrow view of treatment of disease towards a wider perspective that includes an emphasis on encouraging health-promoting environments and experiences (Ulrich, 2001). In addition to this, there has been a lessening emphasis on anti-microbial hygiene outside of the ward spaces. During the twentieth century, it has been this drive for a total sterile environment which influenced most medical architecture and design. These changing attitudes are reinforced by an increased enthusiasm for family-centred care, and the inclusion of organic elements like natural light, plants, water, colour, and texture in the design of hospital spaces (The Picker Institute Boston, 1998; Smith, 2007).

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Art and Design
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 16:31
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:10

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