Better sleep experience for the critically ill: A comprehensive strategy for designing hospital soundscapes

Dilip Birdja, Elif Özcan

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Abstract

In this paper, the sleep phenomenon is considered in relation to critical care soundscapes with the intention to inform hospital management, medical device producers and policy makers regarding the complexity of the issue and possible modes of design interventions. We propose a comprehensive strategy based on soundscape design approach that facilitates a systematic way of tackling the auditory quality of critical care settings in favor of better patient sleep experience. Future research directions are presented to tackle the knowledge deficits in designing for critical care soundscapes that cater for patient sleep. The need for scientifically-informed design interventions for improving patient sleep experience in critical care is highlighted. The value of the soundscape design approach for resolving other sound-induced problems in critical care and how the approach allows for patient-centred innovation that is beyond the immediate sound issue are further discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number36
Number of pages14
JournalMultimodal Technologies and Interaction
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Critical care
  • Design strategy
  • Hospital sounds
  • Medical soundscapes
  • Patient sleep

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