We’re excited to announce that our first research article has been published in the British Medical Journal’s Supportive and Palliative Care journal.

The “sentegun” plan is discussed within the article as a design approach that gives patients the ability to balance their own needs for privacy and social connection.

Within this article, Emma Kirby (UNSW) and I discuss innovative architectural solutions for balancing privacy with social connection, managing the risks of using “comfortable” materials within hospital settings, and ways to shake off the traditions of hospital design.

The article draws on data from an international precedent study of 30 contemporary facilities and 24 interviews with architects, palliative care physicians and medical administrators, in Australia, the US, and the UK.

These real-world examples illustrate that moving beyond established design practice to improve patient, family, and staff experiences, is possible, albeit within myriad constraints that resist innovation. Our findings point to the value of broad consultation and collaboration throughout the design process in achieving design solutions that go beyond standard practice for the benefit of patients, families, and staff.

Follow this link to access the article or contact us here to request a copy by email.