Building design for children’s palliative care – what works?

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The role of architecture in palliative care and healthcare design is a growing area of study and has revealed that a well designed physical environment not only improves safety, but is more healing for patients and improves the morale and the efficiency of the staff. Children’s Palliative Care: Considerations for a physical therapeutic environment, a paper written by Prof Julia Downing (Education and Research Consultant for ICPCN), Joan Marston (ICPCN CEO) and Edwina Fleming (Architect and Senior Researcher with the CSIR) and published in the latest edition of the Journal of Palliative Care, looks at what to consider when designing a therapeutic built environment for children, such as those needing palliative care.

The importance of architecture and design in palliative care has been recognised in a report by the Lien Foundation in Singapore on designing ‘hospitable hospices’, as well as in an interview with Tony Redman on Architecture and spirituality in hospice design.

Read more on the International Children’s edition of ehospice. 

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