The Healing Environment: A Healthcare Center for Cancer Patients

by Simmons, Geoffrey Alan

Abstract (Summary)
The task in this project is to create an environment for healing for patients who have cancer, a place where they can receive treatment for the disease in a clinical environment, one designed to enhance the experience of healing by incorporating spaces for mental relaxation, counseling and therapy. A healing environment is important to a patient. It can lift the spirit of a sick person, and this is one facet of medical care which has been far less explored. The project precedents covered in this document are examples of spaces in which the patient's needs, beyond just the physical, are attended to equally. Even with larger and newer hospitals in our country, and with the advances in cancer care and the proliferation of high-tech cancer clinics, the development of patient spaces, especially personal spaces, has remained stuck in the institutional model. There is no way to avoid treating cancer patients in hospitals and clinics, but there are ways to improve the spaces they recover in. The University Hospital in Cincinnati has one of the best cancer inpatient wards in the country in a top cancer care city. But despite having talented designers and leading most civilized nations in medical care and innovations, the blueprint for so many hospitals in this country remains limited and resistant to change. In fighting cancer, the top priority is healing the body. The medical staff must be able to do their work in an environment that facilitates their work. Because it is a dynamic and unpredictable environment, it is often the most a hospital or clinic can do just to ensure that it is up and working, and on good days approaching a state of grace. But what exists independently from the work environment for the health professionals is the healing environment for the patients, which is no less important than the medicines used to kill the cancer.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:cancer healthcare healing environment design


Date of Publication:01/01/2008

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