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Is recovery linked to environment?

Is recovery linked to environment?
2nd November 2011

Well-planned architecture, design and sensory stimulation can increase a patient's ability to recover both physically and mentally, according to a recent study.

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg claim digital textiles and multisensory space can make rehabilitation more effective and reduce the amount of time spent in care.

Kristina Sahlgvist, interior architect and researcher on the project, stated: “We want to help patients to get involved in their rehabilitation.

“Our concept gives the ward a spatial heart, for example, where patients and their families can prepare food and eat together.”

Architecture, design and colour have long been thought to effect human moods and an individual’s mind set and outlook.

For example, muted colours are thought to relax patients and bright colours in a nursery are believed to stimulate a child’s brain development.

Consequently, the environment in which recovery takes place may have important psychological effects on patients.

If recovery takes place in an area built for family interaction and the completion of everyday activities, this may accelerate the process in some cases.

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