Research, Theory


The Battle Against Healthcare-associated Infections

November 29, 2016     Sam W. Burnette

New design weapons are being introduced to eradicate the bacteria and viruses causing hundreds of deaths each day. 


Transitioning The Care Model

November 11, 2016     By Kara Freihoefer, Sarah Cypher, and Pamela Scherff

Design research can play an important role in change management, as seen in one academic medical center’s transition from a centralized to decentralized care model in its medical/surgical unit.


A Few Favorite Things

November 8, 2016     Joan Suchomel

Healthcare Design blogger shares her personal top 10 list of expo hall highlights (from booth tchotchkes to surprise reunions) ahead of the upcoming Healthcare Design Expo & Conference in Houston.  


Getting Clinic Design Right

November 3, 2016     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor

A post-occupancy evaluation assessed the strengths and weaknesses of different clinic environments in order to create a standardized approach for design. The results will be presented at the 2016 Healthcare Design Expo & Conference in Houston. 


Put To The Test

November 1, 2016     Camilla Moretti and Upali Nanda

A research team shares how a diagnostic tool was created to analyze field research in a medical/surgical unit, which could then be applied to help design a more functional space  


How To Weigh In On The FGI Guidelines

October 31, 2016     Bryan Langlands and Byron Burlingame

The public comment period for the latest draft of the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction is open. Here’s a summary of changes being considered, what they mean for the industry, and how to share your opinions on them. 


What Sports Medicine And Academic Medical Centers Have In Common

August 1, 2016     Joan Saba

Everyone benefits from high-performance design that breaks down silos, a lesson these seemingly disparate types of facility are both realizing. But there’s another group who stands to benefit, as well.


Trust Me; It’s Research

July 29, 2016     Ellen Taylor

The frenzy of today’s political discourse reminds us that facts and findings can be easily misinterpreted, misrepresented, and misused. Make sure you’re an informed user—and source—of evidence-based design knowledge. 


Think Tank Explores Innovations in Rural Healthcare Environments

July 6, 2016     Hui Cai

A recent think tank hosted by the Health & Wellness Graduate Program in the School of Architecture, Design, and Planning at the University of Kansas convened to identify important new research areas for underserved markets.


6 Evidence-Based Design Strategies For Med/Surg Rooms

May 19, 2016     Debra Levin

The Center for Health Design studied patient rooms in medical/surgical units to identify the top design considerations that should be introduced for improved patient and staff safety. Here’s a look at the top six. 


What Keeps You Up At Night?

January 21, 2016     Debra Levin

Attendees of the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference weighed in on the topics top of mind for them right now, shedding light on shifting priorities compared to the previous year.


A New View On Patient Falls

January 19, 2016     Debajyoti Pati

Designing environments to prevent patient falls is especially challenging since so many incidents aren’t actually witnessed, so one research team decided to change that. 


Clinic Design Wants: How Do Boomers And Millennials Compare?

January 14, 2016     Upali Nanda, Jim Miller, Tom Harvey, and Seluga Sekawangi

A recent poll of baby boomers and millennials digs into what the generations look for in an outpatient facility, shedding light on how the design of the built environment can best answer all expectations. 


Time for Change: Top Insights From the 2015 Healthcare Design Conference

December 17, 2015     Adam Armstrong

Imagine looking at an exam room from 20 years ago, and compare it to contemporary exam rooms.  Overwhelmingly, there is little to no difference between the two.   In the world of healthcare design, it is time for change.

Watch this video as the Steelcase Health team shares their insights from the 2015 Healthcare Design Conference in Washington D.C. .  Listen to key thought leaders detail how they shared over 10,000 hours of evidence-based behavioral field data and analysis, illustrated key applications and design concepts in a booth that were driven by these findings, and the true impact space can have on patient outcomes.


Master Class: Nicholas Watkins

December 11, 2015     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

This is the 12th installment in our interview series with past recipients of Healthcare Design’s professional awards programs, featuring a Q+A with Nicholas Watkins, director of research at BBH Design.

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