Covid-19 Update

11/10/2020 8:15 – 9:15 AM

Track:Advancements in Evidence-Based Design Research


Kati Peditto

Postdoctoral Associate

Cornell University

Mardelle Shepley


Cornell University, Department of Design & Environmental Analysis

Session Description

As cancer remains the leading disease-related cause of death in adolescence, healthcare designers must consider the influence of facility design on peer-to-peer social support and quality of life, while accounting for an adolescent’s unique and changing needs. But will designing adolescent and young adult-specific patient spaces actually increase social support? How can we ensure a facility appropriately serves multiple life stages? This presentation will recommend design guidelines resulting from recent studies and existing literature. The strength of evidence for each guideline will be discussed. The guidelines are organized around four environmental qualities: social support, choice and control, positive distraction, and comfort.