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Revisiting Healing Environments: Islamic Interior Elements in Hospital Rooms in North Africa.

Gashoot, M.M., 2022. Revisiting Healing Environments: Islamic Interior Elements in Hospital Rooms in North Africa. Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 15 (1), 315-332.

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DOI: 10.1177/19375867211042350


BACKGROUND: A predominant notion among researchers is that hospital room design and decor are subject to the designer's expression of self, which is contrary to evidence-based studies showing that design and decor can impact patient health. The aim of this study was to examine whether improvement in quality of healthcare provided in hospitals could be achieved through the convergence of expertise of healthcare professionals and hospital room designers. METHODS: This was a prospective study to identify the impact of hospital interior design features with a focus on single occupancy rooms. Volunteers were recruited through advertisements and the study was conducted at the Tripoli Medical Center. Responses were analyzed using a three-dimensional computer-aided design software to help respondents accurately map their preferences and visualize outcomes. RESULTS: Participants preferred an aesthetically pleasing hospital room environment that included art and bright colors, window views, and the need for personalization, technology, mobility, and flexibility, all of which improved satisfaction and happiness. Of these, participants' preference for technology as a cause for satisfaction and happiness was a novel finding. CONCLUSION: Designers of hospital room interiors should plan and create an appealing single occupancy room for increasing user satisfaction and patient wellness.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:happiness ; health ; hospital ; interior design ; patient ; satisfaction ; single occupancy ; thematic
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:36007
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:15 Sep 2021 08:26
Last Modified:28 Mar 2022 11:45


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