Evidence-based Design


Can Lighting Make A Difference In Patient Room Design?

November 26, 2013     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Managing Editor
Research shows that lighting provides a number of benefits, from improving mood to decreasing pain, calling for the need to re-evaluate the approach to lighting that’s taken in patient rooms.

New Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center Supports Holistic Health

November 14, 2013     Sid L. Scott
A new location for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center creates a wellness campus that provides an integrated approach to care, inside and out.

Kaiser Permanente Puts Its Template To The Test In Oregon

November 1, 2013     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
The owner adapts its template approach to fit a site that's half the size of its normal campus while adding some new design elements at the Westside Medical Center.

3 Design Tips For Healthcare Art Programs

October 29, 2013     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
From sculptures to photographs of nature, artwork plays an important role in the healthcare setting. But the pieces you use and how you integrate those in meaningful ways can be as varied as the artwork itself.

Ty Cobb Regional Displays New Look Of Rural Healthcare

October 28, 2013     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
The medical center combines a new ownership model and evidence-based design to create a modern facility that honors its baseball legend namesake.

A New Feature To Highlight The Latest Research

October 25, 2013     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Drawing attention to the most recent research happening in the healthcare design industry, the Healthcare Design website introduces a new recurring feature called "Research Briefs."

Research Brief: How ICU Room Design Affects Family Involvement In Patient Care

October 25, 2013     Adapted from The HERD Journal, Summer 2013 issue
New research shows that patient-centered unit designs encourage families to be more present at the patient’s bedside.

Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center Hits A Homerun With Residents

October 9, 2013     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Incorporating regional artwork into a facility is challenging enough without the pressure of honoring one of baseball’s biggest legends. See how designers created a meaningful solution for a community hospital in Lavonia, Ga.

Using Interior Design To Reduce MRI Anxiety

October 1, 2013     Gena English, Kathy Hathorn, Robyn Bajema, Erin Peavey, and Upali
A research study at Parkland Hospital measures the impact of design on the waiting environment.

The Demonization of Hospitality In Healthcare

October 1, 2013     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Designers are being criticized for facilities that seem too indulgent for the times. But there's a less-than-fine line between “indulgent” and “patient-centric”, and architects who want to compete know the difference.

PHOTO TOUR: Castle Rock Adventist Hospital

September 13, 2013     posted by Kristin D. Zeit
Take a virtual walk through suburban Denver’s Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, opened in August 2013.

Mirror Image: Alaska Clinic Design Reflects Patient Culture

September 10, 2013     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Managing Editor
The Chief Andrew Isaac Health Clinic expresses the culture of Alaska’s Athabascan people through and through, creating a comfortable environment for a new model of care.

Hard Hat Tour Of The Largest Healthcare Construction Project In The U.S.

August 13, 2013     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
A tour of the site of the new replacement hospital for Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas adds perspective to the conversation about big-box healthcare and the importance of transparency for community-minded facilities.

NICU Spaces: 3 Critical Design Components

August 1, 2013     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Family support and infection control take on overwhelming importance when dealing with the tiniest patients. The recently announced winners of the Patient- and Family-Centered NICU Design Competition seek to address some of the top design considerations.

Curbing Negative Patient Experiences With Evidence-Based Design

July 30, 2013     Gary Vance
Today, the patient experience is everything. Unsatisfied patients can share their experiences instantly via social media, but turning to proven evidence-based design principles first can prevent that from ever happening.
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