Architectures for paediatric palliative care: how to improve quality of life and environmental well-being

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Introduction. The influence of the environment on wellness, not only for patients themselves but for all care-givers as well, refers to the humanisation principles of spaces of care. Commencing with an analysis of existing paediatric hospices, the paper examines design suggestions for prosthetic environments, considered as a fundamental component in the healing process.

Methodology. A prosthetic environment can be created only through a specific knowledge of the real needs of users. Therefore, some scholars have conducted research work for defining the best practices for healing environments, supported by an assessment and comparison of case studies. The methodology is based on two phases: the first is based on interviews with experts in hospice design and management and the second, through the application of a questionnaire to several users. Discussion and Results. The output of the work is the achievement of a logical, sequential and participatory broad-spectrum process in the design of health facilities in order to cause a sustainable awareness in paediatric hospices. Conclusion. Starting from the research work, it is necessary to define a scientific method for implementing knowledge on health, psychological, perceptual and behavioural needsto contribute towards proper planning for meeting the real requirements of users.

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Marco Gola

Paolo Carlo Francalanza

Giulio Galloni

Bianca Pagella

Stefano Capolongo

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Gola, M., Francalanza, P. C., Galloni, G., Pagella, B., & Capolongo, S. (2016). Architectures for paediatric palliative care: how to improve quality of life and environmental well-being. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 52(1), 48-55. Retrieved from https://annali.iss.it/index.php/anna/article/view/349
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