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Elke Miedema currently works as PostDoc and educator at Architectural Method & Theory at the Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology. Her research focuses on positive (health) influences of building design (processes) on different users and the local community. She adjusts health promotion theory (public health) to different building typologies including healthcare, care homes, universities and workplaces. Methods are mixed or qualitative with people at focus.
February 2020 - June 2020
August 2015 - January 2019
- Master's Student
- Healthcare studio aims to teach how to design for complex program, such as healthcare facilitates. We relate to EBD, future-proofing, and health promotion through lectures, study visits, and workshops.
Background: Previous research indicates that the physical environment of healthcare facilities plays an important role in the health, well-being, and recovery outcomes of patients. However, prior works on mental healthcare facilities have incorporated physical environment effects from general healthcare settings and patient groups, which cannot be...
This study investigated the current design circumstances of an office as well as employees’ perceptions of the office environment in relation to their perceived health, drawing on sense of coherence theory (comprehensibility, manageability, and meaningfulness). Previous studies have related the physical office environment to employee health. Howeve...
The Health Promoting Hospitals (HPH) networks, founded by the World Health Organisation, support the introduction of health promotion in healthcare. This development involves the creation of a health promoting built environment. However, few studies have explored the HPH in relation to the built environments, and it is unclear how HPH-networks inco...
This paper explores the building design of a Habilitation Center that promotes healthy lifestyles of people with diverse abilities. Habilitation care moves the focus of healthcare from a disease curing approach to lifelong health development. Studies show that the design of healthcare buildings can contribute to improving care and by extension, it...
Purpose This paper aims to explore the literature on office design approaches (ODAs) in relation to employee health. The overall goal is to facilitate the practical use and theoretical development of design approaches to healthy offices. Design/methodology/approach A scoping review of 7,432 papers collected from 4 electronic databases and 5 scient...
This thesis explores perspectives on health promotion in healthcare settings from a building design perspective, i.e., health-promotive building design (HPBD). The results may contribute to discussions of the role of healthcare building design to support health promotion in healthcare (HPH) and thereby contribute to the development of healthier and...
Cities have long been subject to urban containment policies against urban sprawl. Climate change concerns have recently added to the imperative to densify urban space. Urban compaction is often pursued through the creation of ‘exemplar’ urban developments that superficially implement ‘best practice’ ideas from elsewhere. In this paper, we abandon t...
Objective-The study examined the role and integration of the built environment in health promotion as perceived and described by representatives of Swedish health promotive healthcare organisations (HPHs). Background-A majority of Swedish healthcare organisations have implemented health promotion strategies in their plans and actions . These HPH...
Objective: This review explored different conceptualizations of health promotion in the context of, and in relation to, outpatient building design. Background: Today's healthcare organizations are implementing holistic healthcare approaches such as health promotion, while simultaneously increasing their outpatient services. These health promotio...
Background: Today's healthcare system is under development and reorienting and adapting to embrace a person centred and holistic perspective on health, including a focus on health promotion. This reorientation results in changes in the healthcare models, processes as well as it sets new requirements for healthcare building design. A vast majority o...
The healthcare system in Sweden is re-orienting and transforming to embrace a holistic perspective on health, which includes a focus on Health Promotion. This development has led to new ambitions and processes in healthcare and has thus changed the requirements for related building design. This explorative study, based on a content analysis of 9 se...
For my PhD thesis I am looking for literature on the distinction between built environment (object) and setting (place). Particularly literature that describes why it is problematic to used the concepts interchangeably.
As I see it, a setting refers to the combination of, and complex and dynamic interaction between, the natural, social and built environment. The built environment refers to human-designed objects in diverse scales, such as infrastructure, buildings, streets, walls and furniture. The built environment is thus part of the setting, but not the same as a setting. As an architect this is a distortion that is part of our professional knolwgde, however i would like to be able to explain this to public health discipline. So, does anyone have advise for literature that relates to this distinction, or even better problematises the lack of distinction?
The project aims to explore in what was the building design of workplaces relate to workplace determinants of health. The project involves several studies representing diverse workplace settings, including academic workplaces, hospital wards and primary-care centres.
The aim of this study is to clarify the role of the built environment for health promotion hospital organisations by exploring; How is the built environment described in documents published on health promotion hospital’s website and described by key persons of health promotion hospital network?