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Friday01 August 2014

Research suggests architecture can help cancer recovery

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Architecture can influence and promote recovery in cancer patients, according to new research carried out for Teenage Cancer Trust and ORMS Architecture Design.

The findings show an environment that creates a sense of ‘normality’ allows teenagers to engage more readily with medical treatment.

These principles were employed by ORMS’s director John McRae when he designed Skypad, Teenage Cancer Trust’s award-winning unit in Cardiff. It contains chill-out areas and beds with individually controlled micro-environments which put patients in control.

The research, carried out by the Futures Company and announced this week, found staff, patients and parents were overwhelmingly in support of such innovative units.

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