Research Report by Eileen B Malone, RN MSN, MS, EDAC and Barbara A. Dellinger, MA, AAHID, IIDA, CID, EDAC. Published by The Center for Health Design, May 2011.
Facility managers, designers, and others charged with the responsibility of recommending furniture purchase options for c-suite approval face a dizzying assortment of choices, complicating the furniture evaluation and selection process. First-time costs frequently dictate furniture selection that overlooks facility life cycle costs and organizational performance improvement goals. The purpose of this paper is to describe the creation of an Evidence-Based Design Furniture Checklist, based on current EBD research findings and industry standards. Healthcare leaders can use the list to make informed furniture investment decisions to improve healthcare outcomes across the furniture life cycle. We conclude the paper with recommendations for future EBD furniture research, government and industry standards development, and further checklist development. (1.5 Continuing Education Units)