Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perceived importance of wellness features at the Upstate Cancer Center: Patient and staff perspectives
by Tinner, Michelle, M.S., State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 2016, 95; 10169535
Abstract (Summary)

The impact of building features which promote wellness is of increasing interest to the building owners, designers, and occupants. This study performed a post-occupancy evaluation of two user groups at a medical facility with specific wellness features. 76 staff and 62 patients of a cancer center were polled separately to determine their preferences in 11 categories. Results showed that all wellness features were viewed favorably by the two groups, with natural lighting, views of nature, and thermal comfort as top categories for both. T-test comparisons were performed, and significant differences (p < 0.05) between the two groups were found for three of the features (views of nature, art and murals, and indoor plants). Discussion of these differences and the interaction of competing design goals (thermal comfort, views of nature, natural light and desire for privacy) are included. Size limitations of the study and areas for further study are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Crovella, Paul L.
Commitee: Anagnost, Susan E., Rosenbaum, Paula F., Smith, William B., Stack, Kevin P.
School: State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Department: Forest Resources Management
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Design, Public health, Aesthetics, Architecture
Keywords: Art in heathcare, Biophilia, Evidence based design, Healthcare, Post occupancy evaluation, Wellness
Publication Number: 10169535
ISBN: 978-1-369-23723-8
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