Special Issue "Multisensory Research and Design for Health and Wellbeing in Architectural Environments"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Derek Clements-Croome
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Guest Editor
School of the Built Environment, Whiteknights, University of Reading, PO Box 219, Reading RG6 6AW, UK
Interests: health and wellbeing; design and management of intelligent buildings; sustainable liveable buildings; environmental sensory design; creating productive and creative workplaces
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Ms. Valerie Mace
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Guest Editor
Senior Lecturer, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, London, SE1 6SB, UK
Interests: multi-sensory research and design; experiential spatial design; experience and emotions; wellbeing in architectural environments
Ms. Youmna Dmour
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Assistant Guest Editor
Department of Design, College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, Brunel University London, UB8 3PH, Uxbridge, UK
Interests: architecture design; workplace design; green buildings; smart buildings; human behavior; user experience
Ms. Ankita Dwivedi
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Assistant Guest Editor
Scala Colab ( Director) and University College London, London, WC1E 6BT
Interests: designing for health, well-being, and sustainability in built environments

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Our existence is enlivened every waking moment by a symphony of stimuli from people, objects, building spaces, task interests, and nature. This rich array of inputs to the mind and body generates a multisensory experience that can colour and enrich the environment for people to live and work in. Like in music, in which the notes of melodies, harmonies, and rhythms magically combine in a myriad of ways to inspire the mind, multisensory design weaves a tapestry and diversity of experience for people to flourish in.

Prof. Derek Clements-Croome
Valerie Mace
Ms. Youmna Dmour
Ms. Ankita Dwivedi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Multisensory
  • Design
  • Space
  • Objects
  • People
  • Health
  • Wellbeing
  • Experiential
  • Environment
  • Emotions

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Are the Physical Environments of Treatment Centres Meeting Recommendations for Patient-Centred Care? Perceptions of Haematological Cancer Patients
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(9), 4892; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094892 - 04 May 2021
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The physical environment of a treatment centre may impact the well-being of patients and their perceptions of care. Outpatients with haematological cancer may be in contact with the treatment centre over long periods and could be particularly affected. This study aimed to identify [...] Read more.
The physical environment of a treatment centre may impact the well-being of patients and their perceptions of care. Outpatients with haematological cancer may be in contact with the treatment centre over long periods and could be particularly affected. This study aimed to identify haematological cancer patients’ perceptions of supportive design elements in the hospital they attended and associations with self-reported mood or well-being. Outpatients from three large metropolitan hospitals in Australia were mailed a self-report questionnaire and responded to statements about the treatment centre concerning their sense of control over the physical surroundings; access to social support; and access to positive distractions. Participants also reported whether they felt the overall environment affected their mood or wellbeing. Of the outpatients who returned the questionnaire (n = 165), almost one-quarter (24%) agreed that the physical environment of the hospital affected their mood or well-being. Patients who disagreed that the hospital was a comfortable temperature or agreed that waiting rooms were crowded had significantly higher odds of reporting that the treatment environment affected their mood or wellbeing. Implementing systems to reduce overcrowding in waiting rooms and increasing patient control over personal temperature in clinics may be the most effective strategies to improve patient wellbeing. Full article
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