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Environmental transformations enhancing dignity in an acute psychiatric ward: Outcome of a user-driven service design project

Author(s): Faerden, A., Rosenqvist, C., Håkansson, M., Strøm-Gundersen, E., Stav, Å., Svartsund, J., Røssæg, T., Davik, N., Kvarstein, E., Pedersen, G., Dieset, I., Nyrud, A. Q., Weedon-Fekjær, H., Kistorp, K. M.
Research shows that the concept of dignity within psychiatric health seclusion is reflected mainly in patient care delivery rather than the environmental components of a healthcare setting. Still common are sparsely furnished rooms, white paint, and limited access to natural light or views of the outdoors.
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Added December 2022

An explorative investigation of the effect of naturalistic light on agitation-associated behavior in nursing home residents with dementia: A pilot study

Author(s): Saidane, H. A., Rasmussen, T., Andersen, K., Iversen, H. K., West, A. S.
Added December 2022

Using an accessible room multisensory stimulation environment to reduce dementia associated behaviors

Author(s): Prince, D. M., Fogarty, K. J., VanGeest, J. B., Eberth, S. D.
A growing body of literature supports using multisensory stimulation environment (MSSE) rooms to improve Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD). While enclosed MSSE applications have been tested, due to restrictions for enclosed-room access and caregiver shortages there is a need to evaluate outcomes associated with open-access MSSE areas.
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Added December 2022

An experimental research on the impact of spatial configurations of complex hospitals on human wayfinding performances

Author(s): Aksoy, E., Aydın, D., İskifoğlu, G.
Research shows that human wayfinding behavior in hospitals depends on the spatial configuration of an environment. As successful wayfinding also depends on cognitive abilities, the crowded and busy hospital setting, compounded with any emotional distress, causes challenges for people when navigating the facility.
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Added December 2022

Wayfinding information syntheses: A study of wayfinding efficiency and behavior in complex outdoor institutional environment

Author(s): Iftikhar, H., Luximon, Y.
Added November 2022

Behavior of cough droplets emitted from Covid-19 patient in hospital isolation room with different ventilation configurations

Author(s): Dao, H. T., Kim, K.-S.
Added August 2022

Ventilation performance evaluation of a negative-pressurized isolation room for emergency departments

Author(s): Wang, F., Permana, I., Chaerasari, C., Lee, K., Chang, T., Rakshit, D.
Since the emergence of COVID-19, healthcare facilities are expected to be well equipped and flexible in their efforts to both treat patients and protect staff. Emergency Department (ED) isolation rooms are considered a potentially effective way to protect both staff and infected patients; however, further research is needed to understand how best to design an isolation room for an ED.
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Added August 2022

Beyond co-location: Visual connections of staff workstations and staff communication in primary care clinics

Author(s): Lim, L., Kanfer, R., Stroebel, R. J., Zimring, C. M.
Added August 2022

Cross-cultural design and healthcare waiting rooms for indigenous people in regional Australia

Author(s): O’Rourke, T., Nash, D., Haynes, M., Burgess, M., Memmott, P.
There is a lack of research exploring how modern medical waiting areas are perceived by Indigenous populations, and how these spaces might be improved to enhance the delivery of care.
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Added August 2022

Lean design of the pediatric intensive care unit patient room for efficient and safe care delivery

Author(s): Lu, Y., Bishop, N. B., Zadeh, R. S.
Pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) are often operated by specially trained registered nurses (RNs). Due to the high stress and sensitivity of these environments, optimizing RN workflows and safety protocols is important.
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Added August 2022

An exploratory study testing environmental wayfinding aids as an intervention for children with autism

Author(s): Irish, J. E. N.
Previous research has found that some people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have difficulties navigating complex physical environments, such as hospitals. Previous research has also indicated that due to the hypersensitive nature of some people living with ASD, sensitive environmental designs may be especially important for them.
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Added July 2022

Droplet aerosols transportation and deposition for three respiratory behaviors in a typical negative pressure isolation ward

Author(s): Wang, Y., Liu, Z., Liu, H., Wu, M., He, J., Cao, G.
Added June 2022

COVID-19 in long-term care facilities: A rapid review of infection correlates and impacts on mental health and behaviors

Author(s): Yang, H., Rigsby, M., Zhu, X., Lee, C., Ory, M.
Added April 2022

Mapping Healthcare Spaces: A Systematic Scoping Review of Spatial and Behavioral Observation Methods

Author(s): Lipson-Smith, R., McLaughlan, R.
Added April 2022

Unlimited surrounding: A scoping review on the impact of the built environment on health, behavior, and quality of life of individuals with intellectual disabilities in long-term care

Author(s): Roos, J., Koppen, G., Vollmer, T. C., Van Schijndel-Speet, M., Dijkxhoorn, Y.
Added March 2022

Small-scale living environments' impact on positive behaviors and quality of life for residents with dementia

Author(s): Brennan, S., Doan, T.
Added February 2022

Patient and clinician engagement with health information in the primary care waiting room: A mixed methods case study

Author(s): Penry Williams, C., Elliott, K., Gall, J., Woodward-Kron, R.
Health literacy (i.e., the ability to understand medical information) is a big part of how people make decisions about their health. The availability of health information in waiting rooms has the potential to provide education to people who may not otherwise have access.
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Added February 2022

Impact of distance on stroke inpatients’ mobility in rehabilitation clinics: a shadowing study

Author(s): Kevdzija, M., Marquardt, G.
Failure to rehabilitate after experiencing a stroke frequently results in a patient’s admission to long-term care. There is a need to understand how size and spatial configuration of rehabilitation settings can support wayfinding and help patients overcome mobility barriers.
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Added December 2021

Investigating the Feasibility of Multisensory Environments to Improve the Assisted Bathing Experience for Veterans with Dementia: A Clinical Trial

Author(s): Lorusso, L., Bosch, S., Park, N.-K., Shorr, R., Conroy, M., Ahrentzen, S., Freytes, M.
While multisensory environments (MSE) are generally regarded as therapeutic for people with dementia, this study was undertaken to understand the behavioral effects of MSE stimulus during bathing for veterans with dementia. Following the evaluation of MSE use in a bathing room representative of most found in long-term care settings, the study authors concluded that the exhibition of increased positive behaviors and decreased negative behaviors supports a functional relationship between improved bathing responses and multisensory interventions.
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Added November 2021

Evaluating the impact of a multisensory environment on target behaviors of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Author(s): Kim, M.-K., Park, N.-K.
Added October 2021