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Subject: ARCHITECTURE: Health Care Facilities Research.

>From article <[email protected]>, by
>[email protected] (Michael Cullen):
>> In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] (Viki
>> Kirk) wrote:
>>> I'm a graduate student working on a thesis concerning the design of
>>> medical facilities and, for general purposes, how certain aspects affect
>>> patient health and recovery.
>>> Can anyone direct me to the relevant newsgroup. This was the closest I
>>> could find but it seems like this is a group for architects and engineers
>>> to fight about who's got it right. Don't flame me - its just an impression
>>> and I've only been here a day or so. Is there anyone there who has had to
>>> deal,architecturally, with such inhuman medical requirements that have
>>> resulted in what we consider a typical radiation therapy (linac) room, MRI
>>> facility, etc. and tried to help them become spaces where healing could
>>> actually occur?
>>> Please respond with any ideas, references here or e-mail:

>>> [email protected] <===RESPOND TO THIS ADDRESS.

>>> Thanks
>> This probably isn't going to be much help but , maybe you could apply this
>> to your research. I have heard of color theory being applied to patient
>> recovery. The hospitals use restful colors such as blue to "calm" patients.
>> Then there is the infamous "assylum" yellow. The color used in 19th century
>> mental hospitals which forever was branded as making people insane. In
>> reality it was supposed to be warm and sunny. I have read somewhere that
>> "social zones" really speed up progress in patients. It gives patients
>> something more to do than to associate with TV. I don't have any book
>> titles on hand but, I would suggest using keywords such as color, social
>> zones, design and hospitals in a keyword search on a database. It should
>> help.
>> __________________________________________________________________________
>> "I think the idea of misogyny is a stimulant to the feminists, and it's
>> rather like anti-Semites looking for Jewish noses everywhere."
>> Lucian Freud's response to his supposed misogyny and sexism.
>Viki-some additional information is as follows
>I, too, am a graduate student working on my thesis. It deals with issues
>similar to what you may be looking for. The thesis addresses a ficticious
>proposal for a progressive healthcare facility based on the holistic health
>movement. As you might expect I am exploring how the environment of such a
>facility would require a new building type. The current medical paradigm
>deals mostly with techno-medical concerns (i.e. hallway widths, programming,
>sterilization, equipment requirements, etc.) and leaves much to be desired
>in terms of offering uplifting environments for those seeking care. In
>order to find alternative environments which address such issues you may
>have to go beyond the typical hospital design guides which deal mainly with
>the afformentioned concerns. A good starting point is to look at other
>health care environments such as hospices, Wellness clinics, Pain clinics,
>AIDS treatment facilities, and some Cancer treatment centers. If you talk
>to practitioners in the homepathic and oncologic fields they may offer great
>insight as opposed to the traditional M.D.. Also find young medical
>students at local schools who may be more open minded to such topics. Many
>of the fields I have listed approach health care in a more "holistic" sense
>and stress the importance of the environment in which healing takes place.
>They also deal with the Mind, Body, Spirit connection and how the total
>health care environment attributes to health.
> Many studies have been done in regards to natural daylight and its
>role in healing, visual contact with the out doors and how it speeds
>healing, color (as mentioned), materials, social contacts, the "Sick Role"
>and how hospitals and practioners perpetuate it. The list goes on, as you
>find more and more references look at the bibliographies that may accompany
>the articles and books which provide even further leads to other topical
>resources. And lastly, look at Architects that incorporate, as Lou Kahn
>said, both the "Measurable" and "Unmeasurable" qualities into their

>I wish you luck--If you have any more questions or comments post them or
>reply directly to the address that should accompany this posting.

> RESPOND TO THIS ADDRESS, TOO==> Brian @ UW-Milwaukee--Go Badgers!

IN ADDITION, check with Arthur D. Little, Research for Industry, the Lester
Gorsline Group. Howard
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