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Mission: To develop a community of certified industry professionals through education and assessment of an evidence-based design process.

Vision: A world where all healthcare environments are created using an evidence-based design process.

Evidence-Based Design (EBD) is the process of basing decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes. Included in this process are the following eight steps:

  • Define evidence-based goals and objectives.

  • Find sources for relevant evidence.

  • Critically interpret relevant evidence.

  • Create and innovate evidence-based design concepts.

  • Develop a hypothesis.

  • Collect baseline performance measures.

  • Monitor implementation of design and construction.

  • Measure post-occupancy performance results.

A large and growing body of evidence attests to the fact that physical environment impacts patient stress, patient and staff safety, staff effectiveness and quality of care provided in hospitals and other healthcare settings. Basing healthcare facility planning and design decisions on this evidence to achieve the best possible patient, staff and operational outcomes is what evidence-based design is all about.


Certification Benefits: 

  • Use of the EDAC appellation to distinguish your knowledge and practice of EBD in healthcare.

  • Listing in a public and searchable directory of EDAC certified individuals.

  • Information and tools to assist in your business development activities and help you get the full business value of your EDAC achievement.
  • Access to professional learning and development opportunities in EBD for healthcare.
  • Access to discussions among peers in the private LinkedIn EDAC Group.


Who Should Be EDAC Certified?

  • Architects & Designers – You have a method for developing design solutions that are rooted in research and likely to achieve a client’s goals.

  • Hospital Executives – You champion innovation that’s good for the triple bottom line.

  • Healthcare Providers – You support new ideas in healthcare design that align with organizational goals and likely to achieve the desired results.

  • Academics/Researchers/Students – You are on top of the most significant, emerging discipline within the healthcare design profession and can help carry the teachings forward.

  • Engineering & Construction Professionals – You understand the importance of research-based design decisions and can maintain the integrity of these decisions during the engineering and construction processes.

  • ​Product Manufacturers – You use research to inform the product development process and support improved outcomes in healthcare settings

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