Publication: World Health Design
Publication Reference: 2008;1(1):62-67.
Author: Diana Anderson, MArch, MD Candidate, Class of 2008, University of Toronto
The primary purpose of this qualitative study was to identify what palliative care patients and their families perceive to be important elements in the design of a palliative care unit (PCU) for end-of-life care. Secondary objectives included exploring whether differences in preferences and perceptions exist between patients and family members. This study looked at the palliative care population of Bridgepoint Hospital in Toronto, Canada, and evaluated patient and family preferences for room design and layout, as well as preference for private versus shared accommodations.
Note This study, “Patient and Family Preferences for the Design of a Palliative Care Unit,” was presented at the Design & Health 5th World Congress and Exhibition: International Academy for Design and Health, Glasgow, Scotland. June 30, 2007.