Blending biology, psychology, sociology, and design
Much relief after much stress
Physical and other concerns related to birthing suite design were studied by Carlsson, Larsson, and Jormfeldt. Their literature review reports “a need to create a space for childbirth underpinned by four aspects; a homely space, a spiritual space, a safe space, and a territorial space. . . . A homely space was characterized by a place where the woman didn´t have to adapt to the environment. . . . In essence, a homely space contributed to a feeling of being at home, a non-threatening, comfortable relaxing space for the women, which implied a sense of belonging. . . .
Research-based, information-rich tool
Putrino, Ripp, Herrera, Cortes, Kellner, Rizk, and Dams-O’Connor studied the effects of space design on healthcare workers’ moods. They report that after a neuroscience lab was redesigned as a healthcare staff relaxation area “Frontline healthcare workers were invited to book 15-min experiences in the Recharge Room before, during or after their shifts, where they were exposed to the immersive, multisensory experience. . . users . . . completed a short survey about their experience. . . .
Seeing and communicating linked
Research completed by McCunn and colleagues confirms the value of allowing people some control over their physical environment.
Increasing collaboration and improving care
Gaminiesfahani and colleagues investigated how healthcare environments can best meet the needs of pediatric patients.