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Upside Down and Inside Out – Understanding the Grab Bar Research that Led to Revised Codes

February 2022

Some environmental research is meant primarily for internal use by the design firm or health care system. Other research has a broader goal of influencing design across a broad array of health care settings.

The Grab Bar Specifications research project that was recently awarded a Platinum Touchstone award fits this latter category. This project reflects the deepest goals of evidence-based design practices.

It reflects the coordinated and on-going efforts of a team of individuals to advance it from its initial stage -- as an AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community white paper to push for revisions to the Americans’ with Disabilities Act – to a two-phase, comparative analysis study of elders living in nursing homes, and then to efforts to get the results included in revised codes and guidelines.  

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