Young children's perspectives of ideal physical design features for hospital-built environments

Veronica Lambert, Jane Coad, Paula Hicks, Michele Glacken

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    Recently, increased recognition has been attributed to the requirement to include the views of child patients in the planning of new health care services so that contemporary buildings can be designed to enhance future experience. This is important, especially since the voices of young children are so often under-represented or represented through adult proxies. The purpose of this article is to share young children's perspectives of what constitutes ideal physical design features for hospital-built environments. Using a participatory art-based approach, data were collected from 55 children (aged five-eight years) across three children's hospitals in Ireland. Emergent findings revealed three broad themes: personal space, physical environment and access. This study is important for nurses, clinicians and environmental designers because it outlines what a supportive child health care environment should constitute. Hospital environments need to be constructed not just to be child friendly, but to also respect children's right to dignity, privacy, family support and self-control
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)57-71
    JournalJournal of Child Health Care
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

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    • Children
    • design
    • environment
    • hospital
    • physical spaces


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