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Hospital Interior Architecture: Creating Healing Environments for Special Patient Populations Hardcover – April, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0471289760 ISBN-10: 0471289760 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471289760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471289760
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,891,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hospital Interior Architecture Health care is the fastest growing sector of the economy and the need for experienced design consultants has never been greater, Despite this fact, there are few books or references to guide architects, interior designers, and hospital administrators on critical issues for the 1990s. Hospital Interior Architecture explores the latest research on the relationship between the environment and healing, surveys a range of outstanding facilities. and most importantly, enables readers to gain the leading edge in a highly competitive field. More than 450 illustrations-including over 200 color plates-make this reference as visually appealing as it it informative. It is no longer acceptable to be a generalist in health care design; highly specialized knowledge is required to be able to responsibly address the needs of such special patient populations as the elderly (especially those with dementia), children, neonates, critical care patients, cancervictims, psychiatric patients, rehabilitation, the chemically dependent, and others. Research and methods from diverse sources have been integrated into design guidelines for each special patient group. Thought-provoking commentary on controversial issues provides insight into new fields of inquiry challenging researchers. Special features of the book include:
  • a survey of the nation’s most prominent medical centers
  • a wealth of innovative design ideas to guide future projects
  • floor plans of special care units
  • guidelines for creating environments that support healing
  • successful solutions to wayfinding problems
  • criteria for judging excellence in health care design
  • bibliography and resources for each special patient population
Topics include the psychology of color and its application to the health care environment; technical guidelines on color and lighting; innovative types of ambulatory care settings; the design of prosthetic environments for the elderly; cutting-edge research and design for Alzheimer’s care units; design log observation technique; post-occupancy evaluation; the effects of stress on immunologic competency; psychoneuroimmunology; Planetree model hospital project; therapeutic potential of the physical environment; art as therapy; architecture as a therapeutic tool; environmental hazards in an NICU; psychiatric risk management tactics; aging in place, and a comprehensive chapter on congregate care housing for the elderly. Packed with practical information, this single resource presents the experience of the nation’s most prominent consultants. It provides quick access to methods and research, acts as a handy reference to illustrate design concepts when meeting with clients, and offers an opportunity to see a vast number of facilities that achieve excellence. Here’a the only guide you’ll need to meet the challenges of health care design for the 1990s.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Fisher on April 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
An absolutely excellent photographic promotion of the way people should expect to be treated when they do not feel too wonderful themselves. Jain has shown how healthcare can make a difference in healing when the environment contributes to the patient's comfort. The shame is that architects and administrators apparently have not learned a thing in the 20 years since the book was published. I have worked within a 350 bed hospital at least that long and wish I could say that her vision of a healing and comforting space was common. Just the simple observation that patients spend most of their time on their back so the ceiling should have something attractive to view justified the cost. If you have any influence on the design of any healthcare facility do us all a favor and find a copy of this book and look at the pictures. Please...
William Fisher, Atlanta GA
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More About the Author

Jain Malkin has been dedicated to research-based design since the early 1970s, armed with a degree in psychology and a serendipitous entry into the world of healthcare architecture and design when she moved to California. After discovering there was almost nothing published on the design of healthcare facilities at that time she spent a year in hospitals, medical and dental offices observing patient care, office procedures and flow. She started writing articles on how things could be improved, always viewing the facility through the patients' eyes and referencing research studies whenever applicable. There was no Internet; finding and accessing research was a cumbersome process. Many national and international magazines were eager to publish these articles as well as photos of Jain's early nmedical and dental office designs, a number of which went on to win major design awards. And, voila, a career path was born. After a few years of very circuitous and painstaking study to acquire knowledge about specific medical and dental specialities, she decided to write a comprehensive book on the topic to make it easier for other design professionals. That book has been in print for 30 years and remains the primary book on the topic. The new 4th edition, "Medical and Dental Space Planning: A Comprehensive Guide to Design, Equipment, and Clinical Procedures" was released in June 2014 and contains almost totally new material because so much had changed since the former edition published in 2002.

Since the first edition of the book, Jain felt it was essential to include explanations of clinical procedures and equipment and this makes the book extremely helpful to design professionals because, without understanding how things work and the various procedures associated with each medical specialty, it would be impossible to design a really functional space. This information is valuable also for physicians and dentists in planning new offices. Woven into all of this is important information about building codes, licensing and accreditation so important for ambulatory surgery centers and also for office-based surgery. The new 4th edition is the culmination of a designer's lifework in this field, representing 40 years of study and practice.

Readers of the 4th edition note: The important space programming questionnaires for medical and dental facilities can be downloaded from the website under the book title.

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