Designing Hospital Environments to Improve the Psychological Wellbeing of Pediatric Patien

Authors

  • Valentina Marques da Rosa Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Priscila G. Brust-Renck Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos
  • Leandro Miletto Tonetto Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos

Keywords:

healthcare design, hospitals, wellbeing, psychological wellbeing, pediatrics

Abstract

The hospital environment may either positively or negatively affect patient experience. The potential of the hospital environment to stimulate children's psychological wellbeing (PWB) is yet to be fully understood. This paper aims to describe how interventions in the hospital may improve the PWB of pediatric patients (including self-acceptance, positive relations, autonomy, environmental mastery, life purpose, and personal growth). We conducted interviews with healthcare experts to identify possible interventions that would respond to children's needs, and architecture and mental health experts assessed the proposals’ potential to improve children’s PWB. Results indicate that it is possible for the hospital environment to stimulate all components of children’s PWB, especially environmental mastery, personal growth, and self-acceptance.

Author Biographies

Valentina Marques da Rosa, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Valentina Marques da Rosa has a Master’s degree in design (Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brazil) and a Master's degree in fashion (Ryerson University, Canada). She is a Ph.D. candidate in industrial engineering (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil). She studies the relationships between users and artefacts, focusing on subjects related to wellbeing and health.

Priscila G. Brust-Renck, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos

Priscila Goergen Brust-Renck has a Ph.D. in developmental psychology (Cornell University, USA). She currently works as an assistant professor at the Graduate Department of Psychology at Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Brazil). Her main research interests are in the areas of health and clinical psychology, behavioral economics, and medical decision making (in particular, cancer research).

Leandro Miletto Tonetto, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos

Leandro Miletto Tonetto has a Ph.D. in psychology (Pontif cia Universidade Cat lica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) and post-doc experience in healthcare design (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA). He works as a professor of design and psychology at Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Brazil). He studies design for wellbeing as a means to foster human wellbeing and health.

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Published

2022-02-23