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Better Environments for Rehabilitation

What does the environment at a hospital mean for our chances of rehabilitation? New research shows that carefully chosen architecture, design and sensory stimulation increases patients' chances of recovery, both physically and mentally.

Kristina Sahlqvist, interior designer and researcher at HDK, University of Gothenburg, has carried out a cross-disciplinary research project where she has investigated how health care providers can create better environments for rehabilitation, using knowledge of the brain's potential for recovery. The research work is a collaboration between HDK, the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts and Sahlgrenska University Hospital/the Sahlgrenska Academy through Michael Nilsson and Pamela Lindgren, designer.

With digital textiles and rooms that affect all senses, rehabilitation can be more effective, with the patient's time in hospital being reduced. In the project an entire heath care ward's competence has been used: neurologists, physiatrists, nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists have participated. This has resulted in a conceptual solution for how an optimal rehabilitation ward should be designed.

In parallel with the research work she has also, along with the designer and HDK alumnus Pamela Lindgren and Lena Berglin, researcher at the Swedish School of Textiles, carried out artistic development work where they have redesigned furniture, developed cups and cutlery with easy grasp and used Smart Textiles – technology-carrying textiles.

Project manager: Kristina Sahlqvist

Image: Artistic developmental work in Design and Neuro science. Photo Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer.

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Page Manager: Lovisa Aijmer|Last update: 9/2/2015

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