Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2010

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Debra J. Satterfield

Abstract

With the establishment of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the United States government mandated that healthcare facilities protect patient privacy through the implementation of physical safeguards. However, no requirements for the safeguards were established. This study utilizes lessons of wayfinding and behavior from environmental design research of humans in cities and applies them to the interior lobbies of healthcare facilities. To improve visual and auditory patient privacy at lobby's check-in desks, the study modifies the architecture, signage and interior elements to stop or slow patient movement towards the desks. Through field observation of patient behavior and the analysis of two facilities in Ames, Iowa, Thielen Student Health Center and McFarland Clinic, methods to create queuing were determined. These case studies allowed for the formulation of guidelines of environmental design that give all healthcare facilities a starting point for visual and auditory patient privacy through the emergence of waystopping.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-2592

Copyright Owner

Brytton Jade Bjorngaard

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-30

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

146 pages

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