The environment can have an extreme impact on a child’s well-being, growth and health. This should be taken into consideration especially for those children that are surrounded by a hospital environment. The healthcare system can come across as extremely intimidating and frightening to young patients. The purpose of his research study is to change this mind-set by creating a more welcoming atmosphere through child-friendly interventions such as magic, colorful art, and nature. By conducting interviews with the children of these hospitals and using visual and exploratory techniques, the essence of what keeps a child’s spirit alive can be captured to fullest. The research has shown that it is important to take children’s perspectives into consideration and to implement them into the design of pediatric hospitals.
Elliott, Rhyan and McClaskey, Barbara, "Pediatric Hospital Environments: Do They Make a Difference?" (2019). Posters. 15.