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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.
Webinar
January 2018 Webinar
This webinar introduces the new, easier to use, online interface for The Center’s Safety Risk Assessment (SRA) toolkit, a proactive and systematic approach to designing and renovating healthcare facilities for safety. Originally developed through research and consensus to support the requirements of the FGI Guidelines, The Center's research team will walk you through the why, what, and how of each part of the online SRA toolkit illustrating features with vignettes gathered from the testing process.  
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Webinar
October 2017 Webinar
This webinar will summarize the newest research evidence about how design can improve the delivery of team-based ambulatory care, discusses new metrics being delivered jointly between the Military Health System and Georgia Tech, and discusses how to design for a system with a wide spectrum of purpose-designed healthcare buildings and retrofits of older medical facilities.
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Webinar
August 2017 Webinar
This webinar will illustrate how the Sharp team created the new Ocean View Tower, a 170,000-square-foot, 138-bed hospital addition, to go beyond just good practice to a “hardwire the environment” scenario for zero harm to patients, visitors, and staff. The presenters describe the planning, design, and construction from each of their perspectives and share outcomes and critical lessons learned. 
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Interview
April 2017 Interview
Learn about: how the aging of the population contributes to overcrowding in EDs today, why some hospitals are creating ED areas specifically for seniors, with enhanced lighting, non-slip flooring, and other safety features, the need for Clinical Decision Units to provide a place for emergency patients who require a longer stay in order to free up space in the ED, and the challenges that behavioral health and chemical dependency patients pose to EDs, and how best to address these issues.
EBD Journal Club
December 2013 EBD Journal Club
Lorenz, S. G. & Dreher, H. M. (2011). Hospital room design and health outcomes of the aging adult. Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 4(2), 23-35.
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Executive Summary
November 2015 Executive Summary
Learn about: How to identify the significant impact of environmental cleanliness on multiple healthcare outcomes, different methods used to measure cleanliness, and a summary of key strategies to improve cleanliness through environmental design, operational and policy changes, and education of personnel.
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Issue Brief
November 2015 Issue Brief
As part of the cleanliness toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about how to identify the significant impact of environmental cleanliness on multiple healthcare outcomes, different methods used to measure cleanliness, and a summary of key strategies to improve cleanliness through environmental design, operational and policy changes, and education of personnel.
Tool
June 2018 Tool

Healthcare is provided in a variety of settings, from a person’s home to outpatient clinics, to the hospital. While the settings and specific design elements may differ across the continuum of care, the objectives of safety, efficiency, satisfaction, and high quality care remain constant. This set of interactive diagrams provides a link between the evidence base, design strategies, and desired outcomes – in a visually intuitive and actionable format.

Blog
January 2016 Blog
The healthcare community has recently come clean on an important fact: patient perception of your hospital’s cleanliness may impact their overall view of your facility much more than you’d think. The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey provides patients an important avenue through which to share their views of your hospital’s cleaning practices. Many patients will also use their impression of your physical environment’s look and cleanliness to judge the quality of care they receive.