A reflection on the role of landscape architect in American Health-care delivery

Westphal, J.M., 2003, A reflection on the role of landscape architect in American Health-care delivery, in: Landscape Research, 28, 2

  • Author : Westphal, J.M.
  • Year : 2003
  • Journal/Series : Landscape Research
  • Volume Number (ANNUAL: Counting Volumes of the Year shown above) : 2
  • Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 28
  • Pages : 205-216
  • Abstract in English : Over the last few years, the importance of therapeutic landscape design in health care has been reflected in a number of articles published in medical journals and journals frequently read by hospital administrators. Clearly, hospital staff is beginning to consider the potential value of natural settings in marketing medical institutions as well as improving patient care. Research that quantifies the value of these spaces must take place on an individual as well as a professional basis. Every time a project is under taken, the designer must take the time to familiarize himself/herself with at least two masters – the health-care provider and the health-care reciever – that are a part of any therapeutic site design. In Terms of the research agenda, several tasks can be identified. We should evaluate environments that appear to have therapeutic benefit, in an effort to expand our limited ability in predicting likely outcomes for certain patient populations. And we need to gather additional insight into which diseases are most appropriately addressed through design, and what specific design components lead to the creation of an environment that supports these health benefits.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: therapeutic landscape design, healing gardens, landscape design, health care, societal significance. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research, students of universities of professional education.