Name, first nameMarika Anja SimonYear of birth1988UniversityHKBField of Interest / research fieldDesign Research and ReflectionTitle of projectSignaling arrangements for patients in pediatricsAbstractThe present research project deals with signaling arrangements in the form of activating and calming zones for children and adolescents in pediatrics – specifically in the hallway. The project examines how this can contribute to the promotion of exercise and well-being of pediatric patients, and which elements the zones need to be beneficial.

Numerous studies have already shown which conditions in the hospital could lead to a faster recovery. One notable example is how the view through a window of a natural landscape can influence recovery (Ulrich, 1984). Big windows are essential for children in hospitals and contribute to a better feeling (Leibrock, 2009). Furthermore, the ambitions of children are social interaction, safety, harmony, movement, convenience, control and independence (Sarkissian, 1980; Malkin, 1992; Leibbrock, 2000; Busà, 2006). The ability to fix things yourself and access to nature are just as important as the stimulation of the imagination (Malkin, 1992). For stories and character visualization, children especially like funny characters, which are an outlet for stress. At the same time, they also like to get a good scare (Sack, 2012). In signage, it is very helpful to use landmarks in addition to signs (Dalke, Littlefair, Loe, 2004).

In collaboration with a pediatrician institution, this project investigates how these signaling arrangements in the corridor in the form of zones (installed prototype) affect the movement and well-being of patients. For this the research question is: » How can the well-being and movement of pediatric patients – at the age of nine to twelve and thirteen to sixteen years – in a hospital be improved by signaling arrangements? «

The study aims to pursue a participative approach using methods from design research and ethnography. This will be done in the following steps: literature review, documentation of the pediatric ward (floor plan analyses, photo documentation, observation), documentation of the usage and effect of the pediatric ward corridor (mapping, expert interviews, participating observation), workshop with pediatric patients (scenario method), analysis, first prototype (iterative process up to three prototypes) and evaluation (results from the prototype phase).

The findings of the preliminary study provide a rough basis for this research project. The result will be a form of concept / prototype that could be published in a paper, articles in specialist journals and as a PhD thesis.
TutorsMinou Afzali, Jimmy Schmid, Judith Bühling, Robert Lzicar (course supervisor )
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