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Title: Healing environment : a contribution to the interior design and decor features in single occupancy hospital rooms in Libya
Author: Gashoot, M. M.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2730 9147
Awarding Body: Bournemouth University
Current Institution: Bournemouth University
Date of Award: 2012
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Purpose: This research was aimed at creating an awareness of the importance of hospital room design, which would lead to a convergence of designer and décor skill with general public requirements. This research will also adapt the Mehrabian-Russell model frameworks to the environmental behaviour- user relationships in healthcare design, a process which was further developed by Bitner. It will test predictions from this model in order to fill knowledge gaps and improve hospital room design. The major purpose of design and décor is to meet customer requirements and also to demonstrate designer skill. Design and décor in a healthcare setting should primarily be aimed at pleasing hospital room users. Addressing a hospital room user’s needs to his or her satisfaction with healthcare facilities is only possible if these requirements are clearly documented and known. General public design and décor preferences are not clearly documented in healthcare settings, therefore design and décor professionals use their intuition to project these requirements. Introduction: Many researchers have outlined their views with regards to healthcare environments and this document critically analyses some of the work. Despite the importance of design and décor to the public well-being, it is the researcher’s considered view that hospital room design and décor is currently an expression of self by designers and not a reflection of people’s requirements. Methods: This study was conducted in Libya, where the researcher was engaged with participants in discussing their preferences regarding preferred single occupancy design through an inductive and interpretive approach. The interpretive research approach, which is associated with the philosophy of meaningful interaction between the research, and the researched, was utilized in this study. The approach involves making use of CAD (Computer Aided Design) software, which helps respondents to accurately map their preferences, in order to arrive at an understanding and interpretation of how people create and maintain their social worlds. The researcher posted notices with the inclusion criteria on the notice boards around Tripoli University and the Medical Centre in Libya requesting participants to volunteer to participate in the research. The selected participants who met the inclusion criteria participated in consultation critically analyses some of the work. Despite the importance of design and décor to the public well-being, it is the researcher’s considered view that hospital room design and décor is currently an expression of self by designers and not a reflection of people’s requirements. Methods: This study was conducted in Libya, where the researcher was engaged with participants in discussing their preferences regarding preferred single occupancy design through an inductive and interpretive approach. The interpretive research approach, which is associated with the philosophy of meaningful interaction between the research, and the researched, was utilized in this study. The approach involves making use of CAD (Computer Aided Design) software, which helps respondents to accurately map their preferences, in order to arrive at an understanding and interpretation of how people create and maintain their social worlds. The researcher posted notices with the inclusion criteria on the notice boards around Tripoli University and the Medical Centre in Libya requesting participants to volunteer to participate in the research. The selected participants who met the inclusion criteria participated in consultation sessions. During these, the researcher made use of CAD software to help respondents to accurately map their preferences. CAD software helps the general public to visualise how the hospital room will look and feel based on 3D computer images. Results: All participants were over the age of 18 years and none of them was still under treatment or admitted to the hospital in Libya. These participants included students, university staff, and one security guard who works for Tripoli hospital. The data was analysed using a content analysis and other methods. A thematic analysis process was conducted. The findings of this study reveal that four major domains are involved in determining the participant’s preferred hospital room design. The four major domains are environmental aesthetics, personalization, technology and mobility/flexibility. The researcher’s own developed framework is discussed based on the research findings of single occupancy research which fills the knowledge gap in Bitner’s theoretical framework. It is structured according to the researcher’s own developed framework which addresses environmental behaviour- user relationships in healthcare design. The discussion addresses the interior conditions and the technology conditions which are considered to supply new knowledge and which fill the gap in Bitner’s theoretical framework. Conclusion: A set of recommendations was constructed, based on new developed research theory and findings, which can guide healthcare designers in creating single occupancy room designs. The guidelines consist of both written recommendations and visual images of single occupancy interior design. The following basic design principles were incorporated into this study recommendation: proportion, scale, harmony, rhythm, variety, contrast, and balance. A three –dimensional design and animation movie of single occupancy was created, guided by the finding of this research. Participants’ preferences are incorporated along with the findings into a set of recommendations for the interior designer to use for the future design of hospital rooms.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.566154  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Design
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