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Insights & Solutions

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.
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April 2017 Issue Brief
As part of the ED throughput toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about ED metrics related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, innovative strategies to reduce crowding, minimize wait times, and maximize care quality in the Emergency Department, and how the design of the built environment in the Emergency Department can best support strategies for improved throughput.
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November 2016 Issue Brief
As part of the impact of aging toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about the current state of aging and associated health conditions, the alignment between universal design and sustainable design strategies inspired by environments for aging, and universal design models that enable flexible and adaptable spaces to support aging needs and human needs.
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January 2016 Issue Brief
As part of the patient-centered medical home toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about patient-centered medical home (PCMH) principles, implementation, and evaluation, operational strategies supporting the principles of PCMH, and environmental design features of PCMH found in recent design and research publications.
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March 2015 Issue Brief
As part of the healthcare reform toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about the three quality-driven legislative programs that have a relationship to healthcare environments, associations between the design of the physical environment and reimbursement-related measures, and additional built environment strategies requiring additional research.
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March 2014 Issue Brief
As part of the noise toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about how excessive noise can negatively impact patients and staff in the hospital environment, ways to improve patients’ perception of sound, and low-cost, medium-cost, and high-cost design strategies that can reduce noise.