Title of Poster / Presentation

The Role of Healing Gardens

Location

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

Start Date

12-5-2015 11:00 AM

End Date

12-5-2015 1:00 PM

Subjects

Gardening -- Therapeutic use, Landscape architecture -- Therapeutic use, Evidence-based design

Description

The objective of this research is to observe the use patterns of a healing garden located on the oncology floor of a pediatric hospital. Use patterns recorded through behavior mapping and tracking focus on collecting data related to the type of user, length of stay, and activity. Three user groups (patient, provider, and visitor) stay an average of eight (8) minutes at Randall Children’s Hospital ranging in activity from sit and relax to actively play. Some findings are concurrent with past research while other findings are not. This research serves as an initial set of data to inform the production and distribution of post occupancy surveys and interviews in future research. The physical data of use patters in combination with surveys and interviews create a greater understanding on the perception and role of healing gardens in hospitals, enabling research based design decisions to improve the quality of life for patients, providers, and visitors.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/19825

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May 12th, 11:00 AM May 12th, 1:00 PM

The Role of Healing Gardens

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

The objective of this research is to observe the use patterns of a healing garden located on the oncology floor of a pediatric hospital. Use patterns recorded through behavior mapping and tracking focus on collecting data related to the type of user, length of stay, and activity. Three user groups (patient, provider, and visitor) stay an average of eight (8) minutes at Randall Children’s Hospital ranging in activity from sit and relax to actively play. Some findings are concurrent with past research while other findings are not. This research serves as an initial set of data to inform the production and distribution of post occupancy surveys and interviews in future research. The physical data of use patters in combination with surveys and interviews create a greater understanding on the perception and role of healing gardens in hospitals, enabling research based design decisions to improve the quality of life for patients, providers, and visitors.