Observing Healthcare Interior Environments and the Effect on Patient Behavior
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Healthcare facilities are recognizable as organized, clean, and functional environments that enable health practices to be carried out easily. However, most healthcare facilities do not take into account how design may affect patient welfare. The aim of this research project was to observe the interior environments of healthcare facilities and study how the environment affects patient well-being. If interior environments have an effect on patients, then designing health-conscious interiors for healthcare facilities will be crucial and may result in patient well-being. Using Texas A&M University's Beutel Health Center as a sample and representation of a college healthcare facility, this research intended to discover the independent and dependent variables in the interior environments that have the greatest impact, whether positive or negative, on patients. The methods used to perform this research include: inspections of the facility, observations, and surveys. By combining all of these methods, the results possibly concluded a reliable database for making improvements to college healthcare facilities around the world. The main objectives included answering the following: I. How do patients feel about the interior environments of Beutel Health Center and what aspects influence this feeling? II. What are the independent and dependent variables present in the interior environment that effect patient well-being? The results concluded that by adding simple elements to the interior environments of healthcare facilities, patient welfare is enhanced along with positive attitudes, opinions, and behaviors.
Rice, Courtney R. (2010). Observing Healthcare Interior Environments and the Effect on Patient Behavior. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from