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Improving the design of health care facilities for people with neural disabilities

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Research at Kingston University led by Hilary Dalke has established the beneficial effects of colour design for application in long-term health care environments for people with neural disabilities. This work has led to the development of spatial design principles for improving the experience of service users, patients and staff.

Through her consultancy work with architectural firms, individual NHS hospitals, mental health units, independent charities and healthcare furniture and equipment suppliers such as Hill-Rom, Dalke has influenced their understanding of the issues involved, leading to improved design in hospitals, care homes and day centres, with consequent benefits for patients, staff and visitors in four institutions.

Submitting Institution

Kingston University

Unit of Assessment

Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory

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Research Subject Area(s)

Medical and Health Sciences: Nursing, Public Health and Health Services

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