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Nursing work and sensory experiences of hospital design: A before and after qualitative study following a move to all-single room inpatient accommodation

Donetto, S, Penfold, C, Anderson, J, Robert, G and Maben, Jill (2017) Nursing work and sensory experiences of hospital design: A before and after qualitative study following a move to all-single room inpatient accommodation Health and Place, 46. pp. 121-129.

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Abstract

The embodied experience of nursing practice is rarely studied. Drawing on data from an internationally relevant larger study conducted in 2013–14, here we explore the sensory dimension of the embodied experiences of nursing staff working on two acute NHS hospital wards before and after a move to all-single room inpatient accommodation. We undertook a secondary analysis of 25 interviews with nursing staff (12 before and 13 after the move with half [13/25] using photographs taken by participants) from a mixed-method before-and-after study. This analysis focused on the sensory dimensions of nursing staff's experiences of their working practices and the effect of the built environment upon these. Drawing on Pallasmaa's theoretocal insights, we report how the all-single room ward design prioritises ‘focused vision’ and hinders peripheral perception, whilst the open ward environment is rich in contextual and preconscious information. We suggest all-single room accommodation may offer staff an impoverished experience of caring for patients and of working with each other.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Donetto, S
Penfold, C
Anderson, J
Robert, G
Maben, Jillj.maben@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 17 May 2017
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.05.001
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY-NC-ND/4.0/).
Uncontrolled Keywords : Healthcare designNursing workEmbodimentStaff experiencePatient experience
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 12 Dec 2017 12:12
Last Modified : 15 May 2018 15:01
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/845223

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