• Andrew Thurston

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    Andrew Thurston is originally from England, but has grown to appreciate the serial comma and the Red Sox, while keeping his accent (mostly) and love of West Ham United. He joined BU in 2007, and is the editor of the University’s research news site, The Brink; he was formerly director of alumni publications. Before joining BU, he edited consumer and business magazines, including for corporations, nonprofits, and the UK government. His work has won awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the In-House Agency Forum, Folio:, and the British Association of Communicators in Business. Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in English and related literature from the University of York. Profile

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There are 5 comments on How the Design of Hospitals Impacts Patient Treatment and Recovery

  1. We really need more people like you to design hospitals with patients’care in mind. Also, would appreciate keeping visitors in mind which can affect patients. The elderly, handicapped, etc.
    walking from parking facilities through a long maze in a hospital to visit loved ones is a deterrent.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Phyllis. You make an excellent point. Although in the design process we often obtain stakeholder engagement in the form of clinician commentary, I think there is a lot of room for improvement to ensure an inclusive approach for user feedback. I think it might help if we utilize a standard methodology to ensure we capture caregiver, family, and patient feedback each time and in a consistent way. Some of us are working on this idea. Your note about wayfinding is true- we try and consider the entire patient journey but there are many instances where growth over time or size of facilities make it a challenge.

  2. I’ve wondered about the architecture of clinical settings such as inpatient psychiatric wards. These spaces are sometimes windowless and closed off from other areas. Certainly, there are safety concerns to address, but I would argue that lack of natural sunlight, limited to no access to green spaces, and other limitations to the architecture design might cause or exacerbate feelings of loneliness, depression, and anxiousness, negatively impacting the patients’ mental rehabilitation.

    1. Hi Angela, great comment! If you look at the original asylum designs in the 1800s which were begun by a physician, Dr. Kirkbride, the philosophy was exactly that- to locate these buildings in nature with outdoor access and fresh air/light. The sanatorium model utilized nature as therapy and the building and location were part of the treatment plan.

  3. Design is an invisible communication tool – it’s great that better hospital architecture enhances patient care and well-being. Keeping the design of all matters in mind, be it digital product design aimed tat helping users or design of architecture is delivering a story or a way through non-verbal communication perceived on a subconscious level.

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