How Evidence-Based Healthcare Design Can Foster Healing and Safety
Evidence-based healthcare design is a methodology that uses research and data to inform the creation of healthcare interior environments that can enhance healing, productivity, and safety. Rosalyn Cama, FASID, an expert practitioner and author of Evidence-Based Healthcare Design (John Wiley & Sons, 2009), explains how this approach can transform healthcare design practice and improve outcomes for patients, staff, and organizations.
What is Evidence-Based Healthcare Design
Evidence-based healthcare design is based on the premise that the physical environment can affect human behavior and well-being. By applying the best available evidence from scientific studies and benchmarking against national initiatives, designers can create spaces that support the goals and needs of healthcare providers and users. Evidence-based healthcare design involves four steps:
Gather information: This step involves conducting an internal analysis of the client's facility, collecting data on the current situation, identifying problems and opportunities, and defining project drivers.
Translate information: This step involves translating the data into design concepts, mapping a vision for the desired outcome, and testing hypotheses.
Implement design: This step involves documenting the design process, collaborating with interdisciplinary teams, managing construction and installation, and evaluating performance.
Share knowledge: This step involves sharing the results of the project, disseminating best practices, contributing to the evidence base, and fostering a culture of innovation.
Why is Evidence-Based Healthcare Design Important
Evidence-based healthcare design can have multiple benefits for healthcare stakeholders, such as:
Improving patient outcomes: Evidence-based healthcare design can reduce stress, pain, infection rates, length of stay, medication errors, and readmissions for patients. It can also increase patient satisfaction, comfort, privacy, dignity, and engagement.
Enhancing staff performance: Evidence-based healthcare design can improve efficiency, productivity, communication, collaboration, morale, retention, and recruitment for staff. It can also reduce staff fatigue, burnout, turnover, and injuries.
Optimizing organizational performance: Evidence-based healthcare design can increase quality of care, safety, reputation, market share, and revenue for organizations. It can also decrease costs, liability, waste, and environmental impact.
What are Some Examples of Evidence-Based Healthcare Design
Evidence-based healthcare design can be applied to various aspects of healthcare interior environments, such as:
Lighting: Evidence-based healthcare design can use natural and artificial lighting to create optimal conditions for circadian rhythms, mood regulation, visual acuity, infection control, and energy efficiency.
Color: Evidence-based healthcare design can use color to create contrast, harmony, stimulation, relaxation, wayfinding, and branding.
Acoustics: Evidence-based healthcare design can use sound masking, noise reduction, music therapy, and speech privacy to create a comfortable and healing auditory environment.
Air quality: Evidence-based healthcare design can use ventilation, filtration, humidification, dehumidification,
and aromatherapy to create a healthy and pleasant indoor air quality.
Furniture: Evidence-based healthcare design can use ergonomic,
and durable furniture to accommodate various needs,
and preferences of patients,
the Healing Touch Collection,
co-created by Rosalyn Cama and IOA Healthcare Furniture,
is a collection of furniture that focuses on patient and family engagement,
How to Learn More About Evidence-Based Healthcare Design
If you are interested in learning more about evidence-based healthcare design,
Read Evidence-Based Healthcare Design by Rosalyn Cama (John Wiley & Sons,
a comprehensive guide that covers the theory,
and practice of evidence-based healthcare design.
the website of Rosalyn Cama,
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