Evidence-based Design

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Q&A With Avein Saaty-Tafoya, Adelante Healthcare

September 18, 2014     Linda Plunkett Franklin
Responding to a new healthcare environment that gives patients choice in where they seek care, Adelante Healthcare strives to create accessible environments that promote a sense of brand loyalty. CEO Avein Saaty-Tafoya, named The Center for Health Design’s 2014 Changemaker, shares her vision for the organization’s future.
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Renovation Tips For Converting To Private Rooms

September 17, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
There’s more to turning double patient rooms to private than just removing a bed. Speakers at the 2014 Healthcare Design Conference will share their top 10 considerations when making the transition.
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Signs Of Life In A “Comatose” Industry

September 17, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
After decades of operating as an industrial system that “contributes to problems it’s there to solve,” the U.S. healthcare industry is starting to wake up, said Robin Guenther of Perkins+Will, speaking at TEDMED. An important step in the process: Buildings that do no harm.
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Bridging The Healthcare Design Gap

September 12, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
Most healthcare design projects begin with plenty of aspirations for improving outcomes and quality of care. Jurors for the Healthcare Design Showcase lauded these efforts after a review of this year’s submissions, but they noted that results on whether the efforts were successful were missing.
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Zooming In: Project Details Worth A Closer Look

September 11, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Award winners or not, the Healthcare Design Showcase projects offered a wealth of smart design ideas in their program submissions. Here we highlight some noteworthy details from other projects that our jurors singled out for a special hat-tip.
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Where Operations And Design Meet

August 12, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
Even the best operational models can achieve new levels of success if supported by the right built environment. A recent study captures lots of potential for fall prevention, but what if such initiatives were paired with proven evidence-based design solutions?
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Transplant Programs Find A New Host Within Cedars-Sinai

August 11, 2014     Brandon R. Guzman
When transplanting its transplant programs, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center tasked designers with creating a space for consolidated services that improved the patient experience and increased staff collaboration.
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Research Brief: More Daylight Means Healthier And Happier Nurses

August 7, 2014     Adapted from The HERD Journal, Summer 2014 issue
A recent study demonstrates how more daylight can have positive health effects on staff, in addition to patients, in healthcare environments.
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PHOTO TOUR: Legacy ER

July 25, 2014     posted by Kristin D. Zeit
Take a visual walk through the new Legacy ER in Allen, Texas, opened in November 2013.
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Designing Abroad: Cultural Considerations In Evidence-Based Design

July 7, 2014     Bonny Slater
In the final installment of a three-part guest blog series on international design challenges, Perkins+Will’s Bonny Slater discusses the need for more studies that can be applied and adapted on a global scale.
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Evaluating Post-Occupancy Evaluations

July 7, 2014     Christine Guzzo Vickery
How do healthcare designers know if their carefully planned design solutions actually accomplished intended goals for improved patient care delivery? Post-occupancy evaluations are one way to answer that question.
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Can Different Architectural Forms Influence Patient Behavior?

June 26, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Researchers from Texas Tech and HKS look at how contours may affect patients and their overall experience. The results will be shared at the 2014 Healthcare Design Conference.
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Designing Abroad: How Sustainability Is Making An Impact In The Middle East

June 17, 2014     James Atkinson
In part one of a three-part guest blog series on international design challenges, HDR’s James Atkinson looks at how extreme climate, solar energy, and the desire for better healing environments are driving sustainable solutions overseas.
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6 Steps To Integrate Research Into Healthcare Design

June 3, 2014     Upali Nanda and Tom Harvey
Using research in the design process can help achieve desired outcomes. Here are six steps to get you started.
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Evidence-based Design Origins

May 20, 2014     Debra Levin
After decades of research to shape healthcare design, a look back at where the evidence-based movement started serves as a reminder for how far the industry has come.
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