A Systematic Review and Conceptual Framework of Biophilic Design Parameters in Clinical Environments

Tekin, Bekir Huseyin ORCID: 0000-0003-1157-4811, Corcoran, Rhiannon ORCID: 0000-0001-8900-9199 and Gutierrez, Rosa Urbano
(2023) A Systematic Review and Conceptual Framework of Biophilic Design Parameters in Clinical Environments. HERD-HEALTH ENVIRONMENTS RESEARCH & DESIGN JOURNAL, 16 (1). pp. 233-250.

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<h4>Objectives</h4>To provide a live-experience knowledge base about biophilic design parameters and environmental features to inform policy and design in clinical therapeutic environments.<h4>Background</h4>It is increasingly important to review hospital design to make the best use of the affordances of natural elements in supporting both patients' and staff's physical and psychological well-being. The biophilic design theory provides an appropriate design approach. However, current biophilic design frameworks fail to provide efficiently standardized guidance. This systematic review aims to examine the experience of hospital users (patients and staff) with a view to informing a standardized biophilic design framework to improve future design in this context.<h4>Methods</h4>This study performed a review and synthesis of nine studies identified using systematic procedures focusing on biophilic design features in healthcare environments.<h4>Results</h4>The study identified a selection of biophilic parameters specifically relevant to this building typology, according to three different user groups: outpatients (fresh air, light-daylight, thermal comfort, welcoming and relaxing), inpatients (feeling relaxed and comfortable, prospect refuge, security and protection, light-daylight, view), and staff (privacy-refuge, quietness).<h4>Conclusions</h4>The systematically identified studies helped to identify and rank the biophilic design parameters that appear the most critical for promoting and supporting human health and well-being in clinical therapeutic environments from the user's perspective. It also provides an up-to-date compilation of crucial design interventions related to biophilic parameters and as such provides benchmark information for future research and design guidance in these environments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: therapeutic environment, biophilic design, systematic review, healthcare settings
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of the Arts
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2022 10:00
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2023 08:40
DOI: 10.1177/19375867221118675
Open Access URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/193758672...
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3162234