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Joseph G. Sprague New Investigator Award


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Evidence-based design or ‘the process of basing decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes’ provides a framework for linking facility design decisions with key patient, staff and organizational outcomes in healthcare settings.

While the body of evidence available for supporting design decisions has grown over the last decade, there is still a paucity of research in many key areas. As a result, healthcare practitioners and designers engaged in the design of new facilities or renovating existing facilities struggle to find sufficient evidence to support key facility investment decisions. There is a need for timely and relevant research studies that clearly show how different aspects of the built environment impact patient safety, worker safety and effectiveness as well as patient satisfaction and quality of care in healthcare settings. The New Investigator Award is intended to support the continued development of quality EBD research and researchers.