Oxford Cancer Center, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom
The purpose of undergoing this post occupancy evaluation was to assess the innovative art program at Oxford Radcliffe Cancer Center by getting user feedback. A total of 150 visitors and patients were surveyed in the radiology and chemotherapy outpatient waiting areas. They were asked to rate the art in waiting area, corridor, and overall. Also, their perception of how art affects different aspects of their visit (quality of care, wayfinding, etc.) and how the art affects how they feel. Participants were also asked to recall certain artwork they liked/disliked and to give their feedback. Findings showed an overall positive response to the art program. Researchers also found that art can impact perception of care and patient mood. Popular themes for what users would like to see or liked included temporary exhibits or changing art, local artists and groups, nature art, engaging/interactive art, art on a larger-scale. A few negative comments about the red/purple color schemes and modern/cold environment suggest these may be elements to avoid. The importance of innovative design for cancer spaces is paramount, and by investigating this particular case study, better design decisions for cancer patients may be made.
Presented at Society of Architectural Historians—2012