Research, Theory

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Design And Patient Satisfaction: One Study’s Misconstrued Message

March 2, 2015     Sheila F. Cahnman

Last week, headlines proclaimed that a new study showed that facility design has little effect on patient satisfaction—but the details of the study suggest otherwise. 

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Time And Space: An Interview With Jain Malkin

February 24, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Space planning and healthcare interior design have come a long way in 40 years, and veteran designer Jain Malkin has tracked their progress through four editions of "Medical and Dental Space Planning." Here, the author weighs in on the future of healthcare interiors.
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Nailing Net Zero: Gundersen Health System

February 11, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Gundersen Health System’s new Legacy Building is the most prominent piece of its ongoing campus renewal project in La Crosse, Wis., incorporating aggressive energy goals, improving operations and patient/staff experience, and tying design into a scenic Mississippi River setting.
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The 3rd Annual HCD 10 Winners Are...

February 2, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Now in its third year, The HCD 10 awards for outstanding individual contributions to the healthcare design industry honor some well-known names and behind-the-scenes giants.
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What Makes Someone Worthy Of An HCD 10 Honor?

January 27, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief

Success in the healthcare design industry can be measured by various parameters, and we consider as many as we can in selecting the winners of our annual HCD 10 awards.

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A Multidisciplinary Design Approach To Solving The Healthcare Challenge

January 6, 2015     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor

From chronic disease and aging populations to the continuum of care and patient satisfaction, healthcare today is facing plenty of challenges. But designers are in a unique position to bring new ideas to the table to solve them, and one new university program is tasking students with just that. 

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How Pre-Occupancy Research Can Shape Effective Design Solutions

December 30, 2014     Christine Guzzo Vickery

The recent build-out of an inpatient unit serves as an example of how collecting data at the front end of a project can help validate design decisions and inspire what’s ultimately built.

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Designing For Medicine’s Next Frontier

December 18, 2014     Christina Grimes

Biofabrication, or the 3-D printing of human tissue, might sound like science fiction. But the field of regenerative medicine stands to radically change the way healthcare is delivered in the future, calling for designers to create spaces that support what’s next. 

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Study On Decentralized Nurses’ Stations Yields Surprising Results

December 4, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Researchers at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago studied the effects of switching from a central nurses’ station in its old facility to decentralized stations in the new building, which opened two years ago. Some of the results caught the researchers--and their Healthcare Design Conference audience--off guard.
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The Wrong Way To Conduct EBD Research

December 1, 2014     Upali Nanda
The validity of evidence-based design depends on some fundamental research strategies—strategies that can be easy to overlook. Going back to basics can ensure your design theories are tested soundly.
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Here Come The Millennials: Engaging A Generation By Design

November 25, 2014     Christine Devens

Designing healthcare spaces for the Millennial generation as patients calls for innovation—in particular, taking a page out of Apple’s book in how to design an authentic, transparent, and personal experience.

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Healthcare Design Honors The Year’s Top Projects, Individuals At Awards Ceremony

The HCD 10.
November 17, 2014     HCD editors
See the full list of winners for the Healthcare Design Showcase, Remodel/Renovation Competition, Landscape Architecture for Healthcare Communities, and The HCD 10.
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Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Plants With Purpose

Terrace Garden at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
November 12, 2014     Larry Beresford
A half-million-dollar grant funds a new garden at the Portland, Ore., facility with the express goal of studying nature’s effect on healing.
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What's Next For Patient Room Design?

November 12, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
NXT Health’s Patient Room 2020 prototype made waves through the healthcare design industry when launched last year. In this installment of Healthcare Design's special report on the patient room, NXT Health executive director Salley Whitman talks about the model and how the concepts proposed continue to evolve and push patient room design forward.
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Calling For Backup In The Patient Room

November 11, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
Evidence-based design has shaped the modern patient room in a number of ways, but there are still plenty of places where designers would like to have more research available to support design decisions. Read how research might shape future designs in this installment of Healthcare Design's special report on the patient room.
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