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Insights & Solutions

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.
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Tool
August 2015 Tool
This tool outlines the relationships between design, measures, healthcare reform topics, and the legislation.
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Tool
August 2015 Tool
This tool provides healthcare designers and professionals with ideas on how to improve nurse-patient communication through facility design.
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Issue Brief
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.
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Executive Summary
March 2015 Executive Summary

Learn about: cognitive changes that occur with normal aging, the definition and stages of Alzheimer’s disease, and design interventions that can reduce negative behaviors characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease.

EDAC Advocate Firm Project
September 2012 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
The goal for this project was to create a standard process that facilitates appropriate hand washing practice prior to caregiver interaction with the patient.
EDAC Advocate Firm Project
September 2012 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
The goal for this project was to create an environment in which art would aid in reducing stress and foster wellbeing while functioning as a supportive component in the overall healing process. 
EDAC Advocate Firm Project
September 2012 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
The goal for this project was to integrate a comprehensive art program into Fort Belvoir Community Hospital’s sophisticated way-finding system, designed to serve patients, family, and staff.
EDAC Advocate Firm Project
September 2012 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
The goal for this project was to create a warm, inviting, calm and patient-centered environment for patients and staff.