Contextual Research for Healing Patient Rooms Design: Patient Experience Flow Studies in Neurology Departments

E.M.L Daemen, R.P.G. Cuppen, I.C.M. Flinsenberg, E.J. Loenen, van, R.J.E. Rajae-Joordens

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Our aim is to explore possibilities of enhancing the healing process in single patient hospital rooms by means of a context-related adaptation of the environment. The gained knowledge and understanding is used to develop relevant solutions addressing the needs of both patients and staff. For the Adaptive Healing Rooms project, the focus is specifically on neurology patients (stroke) and the in-patient environments they find themselves in during their recovery process. We have used a set of research techniques to capture the experience of patients and healthcare providers, transitioning the role of researcher as an observer to a participatory approach with integration of the patient and the caregiver as creators of the research data. We used techniques such as shadowing, observation and multi stakeholder sessions allowing patients and providers to describe their experience and obtain a voice in decision-making. Based on the issues from the experience flow study and the established healing effects from literature, a large number of concepts to improve the healing process were generated. After an internal evaluation of these concepts a subset of about 10 concepts were proposed to the staff of two hospitals. Based on their input a few concepts were selected for further development. One of these concepts is called the Adaptive Daily Rhythm Atmosphere (ADRA). The ADRA concept is based on the need of neurology patients for a clear daily rhythm and day/night structure. This issue is confirmed in neurology departments and rehab centers (for stroke, brain injury, and brain infection). Patients in other departments (e.g. cardiology, oncology, mental health) are expected to have a similar need, although possibly not as strong.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the First European Conference on Design for Health (Design4Health2011), 13-15 july 2011, Sheffield, UK
Place of PublicationSheffield
PublisherSheffield Hallam University
ISBN (Print)978-1-84387-352-5
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event1st European Conference on Design for Health - Sheffield, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Jul 201115 Jul 2011


Conference1st European Conference on Design for Health
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherDesign4Health: First European Conference on Design for Health


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