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Insights & Solutions

    April 2018 Webinar
    Adolescence can be a tumultuous time in one’s life. Mental health conditions often surface during this stage, and it may be the first time that some patients enter an inpatient behavioral health unit. How can design best support this patient population that is transitioning from childhood to adulthood? Learn how a design team utilized research, Lean processes, and innovation to solve the challenges of this unique patient population for the 27-bed Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit in Tacoma, Wash. Find out how design can support a seclusion- and restraint-free care model and how pushing beyond the conventions of behavioral healthcare design was achieved.
    March 2018 Webinar
    This webinar will focus on an exploratory approach to the role of Evidence-Based Design in the rural healthcare setting.  Haddox will present the observations, conversations, participatory research methods, and thought processes that led him to explore how the delivery of healthcare in his largely rural native West Virginia might be improved through a focus on the physical facilities.  He will describe research projects that examine the barriers to care in these rural areas, including his approach to engaging stakeholders to gather data, some upcoming projects in the works with special healthcare needs populations, and a larger framework for interdisciplinary research in the rural health care setting. 
    EBD Journal Club
    February 2018 EBD Journal Club
    Patterson, E., Sanders, E., Sommerich, C. Lavender, S. Li, Jing, Evans, K. (2017).  Meeting Patient Expectations During Hospitalization: A Grounded Theoretical Analysis of Patient-Centered Room Elements. HERD Health Environments Research & Design Journal, doi/10.1177/1937586717696700.
    February 2018 Webinar
    This webinar explores how to understand and define patient experience and the outcomes it helps us achieve. Review the current state of patient experience and its implications for action. Examine elements in the environment that positively or negatively impact the patient experience. Explore the role environment does and can play in impacting the human experience in healthcare.
    February 2018 Interview
    Learn about how the design of a new psychiatric facility strives to normalize mental illness through carefully chosen materials with the goal of creating a “homey,” non-institutional setting, why private patient rooms will be included in the new final building as an important part of the design concept, and how research helped shape the architects’ beliefs that the built environment should support patients’ dignity and independence as part of the recovery process.
    Project Brief
    February 2018 Project Brief
    Learn about how a county directive to relocate different behavioral health programs into one location led to a unique design for serving low to high-risk populations in an integrated facility, and how collaboration among the architect, interior designer, landscape architect, owner, staff, and clients played an integral role in shaping the programming and design.
    Executive Summary
    February 2018 Executive Summary
    Behavioral and mental health (BMH) conditions affect one in five adults in the United States each year, and are even more common among patients receiving care for medical conditions. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the spectrum of BMH conditions includes anxiety, attention deficit disorders, autism spectrum disorders, bipolar disorders, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, and suicide, among others. Up to 45% of patients admitted to the hospital for a medical condition or presenting to the emergency department with a minor injury also have a concurrent BMH condition. These BMH comorbidities increase the risk of psychological harm associated with care.
    January 2018 Webinar
    Art and Science: in their finest expressions, they are one and the same. We face complex problems and no single approach can provide all the answers. One cannot be a socially responsible designer or scientist without using both intuition and research. This presentation cites historical and contemporary examples of individuals who support their simultaneous use to achieve creativity.
    Issue Brief
    February 2018 Issue Brief
    As part of the Behavioral & Mental Health toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about the prevalence of behavioral and mental health conditions as comorbidities; design strategies for promoting psychological wellness; and a systematic benefit analysis approach to meet the psychological needs of all.
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    January 2010 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The goal of this project was to establish a 960,000-square foot greenfield site. Regional hospital is being designed, built, financed and maintained (DBFM) for 30 years in Ontario, Canada under an AFP (Alternative Finance Procurement) process, a form of public private partnership delivery, which is now the norm in most of Canada, Europe and Australia.