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A Recovery-Oriented Care Approach: Weighing the Pros and Cons of a Newly Built Mental Health Facility

Author(s): Ahern, C. C., Bieling, P., McKinnon, M. C., McNeely, H. E., Langstaff, K.
An inpatient mental health hospital was renovated with a newly built environment that incorporated patient-centered, clinically informed designs in an attempt to improve overall safety and quality of care. The new designs were considerably expensive and had extensive design implications for other parts of the hospital outside of the mental health facility.
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Building design and performance: A comparative longitudinal assessment of a children's hospital

Author(s): Thiel, C. L., Needy, K. L., Ries, R., Hupp, D., Bilec, M. M.
The aesthetics and design of a medical treatment facility can influence energy consumption, staff performance, and patient recovery. Evidence-Based Design (EBD) has been cited in many studies as an effective way to improve healthcare outcomes and hospitals’ performance, but further investigation is needed. This is particularly true at a whole-building level, to reveal the relationship between building design and health, and to observe the performance of newer building designs, especially with regard to green healthcare buildings.
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Life Safety Code Comparison

Author(s): Crowley, M. A., Harper, J. E.

Greening Healthcare: 21st Century and Beyond

Author(s): Hall, A.G.

The Cognitive Benefits of Interacting With Nature

Author(s): Berman, M.G., Jonides, J., Kaplan, S.

Transforming care in children's hospitals through environmental design: Literature Review

Author(s): Joseph, A., Keller, A., Kronick, K.

Current State of the Science: Health Effects and Indoor Environmental Quality

Author(s): Mitchell, C.S., Zhang, J., Sigsgaard, T., Jantunen, M., Lioy, P.J., Samson, R., Karol, M.H.

The Road Ahead: The Need to Clarify and Re-Conceptualize Healing Environments

Author(s): Kuo, N., Hui, C.

Sustainable design in the post-Katrina era

Author(s): Odell, Wilson, Lazarus

Sustainable healthcare architecture

Author(s): Guenther, R., Vittori, G.