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Understanding nurses’ workflow: Batching care and potential opportunities for transmission of infectious organisms, a pilot study

Author(s): Gregory, L., Weston, L. E., Harrod, M., Meddings, J., Krein, S. L.
Hand hygiene and personal protective equipment (PPE) strategies are employed to prevent disease transmission in the contact precaution room. Studies revealed that precautionary measures perceived as overwhelming required more time in patient care and required changes in workflow.
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Added December 2019

Use of an automated hand hygiene compliance system by emergency room nurses and technicians is associated with decreased employee absenteeism

Author(s): Strauch, J., Braun, T. M., Short, H.
The relationship between hand hygiene intervention and absenteeism has been studied in other contexts besides healthcare. Researchers examined how improving hand hygiene practices among emergency room (ER) nurses and technicians affected their absenteeism and overtime hours worked by substitute staff.
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Added December 2019

The perceptual and behavioral influence on dental professionals from the noise in their workplace

Author(s): Ma, K. W., Mak, C. M., Wong, H. M.
Added December 2019

Soundscape design for management of behavioral disorders: A pilot study among nursing home residents with dementia

Author(s): Devos, P., Aletta, F., Vander Mynsbrugge, T., Thomas, P., Filipan, K., Petrovic, M., De Vriendt, P., Van de Velde, D., Botteldooren, D.
Added August 2019

Wayfinding in a nursing home for advanced dementia of the Alzheimer’s type

Author(s): Passini, R., Pigot, H., Rainville, C., Tétreault, M.-H.
Added August 2019

Effects of adjustable dynamic bedroom lighting in a maternity ward

Author(s): Canazei, M., Pohl, W., Weninger, J., Bliem, H., Weiss, E. M., Koch, C., Berger, A., Firulovic, B., Marth, C.
This study considered the impact of dynamic vs. static lighting color and intensity on mothers who had scheduled C-section deliveries of healthy babies in a single Austrian maternity clinic.
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Added July 2019

Evaluation of a veterans administration mental and behavioral health patient room mockup

Author(s): Sachs, N. A., Shepley, M. M., Peditto, K., Hankinson, M. T., Smith, K., Giebink, B., Thompson, T.
Added July 2019

Older adults’ activity on a geriatric hospital unit: A behavioral mapping study

Author(s): Ariza-Vega, Patrocinio, Shu, Hattie, Amarasekera, Ruvini, Y. Edwards, Nicola, Filipski, Marta, Langford, Dolores, Madden, Kenneth, C. Ashe, Maureen, 1 Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Granada, Spain; Institute for Biomedical Research (ibs), Granada, Spain, 2 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Virgen de las Nieves University Hospital, Granada, Spain, 3 PA-HELP “Physical Activity for HEaLth Promotion” Research Group. Department of Physiotherapy, University of Granada, Granada, Spain, 4 Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, Vancouver, Canada, 5 Department of Family Practice, The University of British Columbia, Canada, 6 Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada, 7 Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Canada, 8 Department of Physical Therapy, The University of British Columbia, Canada, 9 Department of Medicine, The University of British Columbia, Canada, 10 School of Psychology, The University of Adelaide, Australia
Added July 2019

The perceptions of nurses about the behavioral needs for daylighting and view to the outside in inpatient facilities

Author(s): Gharaveis, A., Yekita, H., Shamloo, G.
Added May 2019

The effect of a non-talking rule on the sound level and perception of patients in an outpatient infusion center

Author(s): Zijlstra, E., Hagedoorn, M., Krijnen, W. P., van der Schans, C. P., Mobach, M. P.
The World Health Organization has recommended that noise in patient care areas be limited to support healing. The authors of this study explore the effect of a behavioral intervention aimed at reducing conversational noise in the context of an outpatient infusion center and its result on patient perceptions.
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Added March 2019

Exploring the Effects of Clinical Exam Room Design on Communication, Technology Interaction, and Satisfaction

Author(s): Zamani, Z., Harper, E. C.
The use of electronic health records (EHRs) in exam rooms is common, but research assessing the impact of EHRs on the exam experience is mixed. Limited research for healthcare design suggests exam room layouts can influence patient-provider interactions through improved information sharing.
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Added February 2019

Diagnostic Post-Occupancy Evaluation of the Landscape Environments in a Primary Care Clinic: Environmental and Social Performances

Author(s): Jiang, S., Staloch, K., Kaljevic, S.
Healthcare facilities around the world are increasingly employing evidence-based designs like therapeutic gardens to more positively affect the lives of patients as well as the general state of the natural environment itself.
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Added December 2018

The influence of spatial configuration on the frequency of use of hand sanitizing stations in health care environments

Author(s): Neo, J. R. J., Zadeh, R.
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) affect over 1.7 million people each year, and subsequently cost the U.S. economy approximately $8.2 billion each year. Hand hygiene compliance (HHC), which involves washing hands thoroughly with alcohol-based rubs or soap and water, is widely regarded as a major prevention measure against the transmission of pathogens that cause HAIs.
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Added December 2018

A systems framework for understanding the environment’s relation to clinical teamwork: A systematic literature review of empirical studies

Author(s): Peavey, E., Cai, H.
Added December 2018

Post-Occupancy Evaluation of a Crisis Shelter Garden and Application of Findings Through the Use of a Participatory Design Process

Author(s): Lygum, V. L., Poulsen, D. V., Djernis, D., Djernis, H. G., Sidenius, U., Stigsdotter, U. K.
As an increasing number of designers and healthcare practitioners utilize nature-based therapy tools, there is a growing need to understand how certain elements within these natural spaces might contribute to heightened therapeutic effects for patients with specific conditions. Crisis shelters that provide healthcare resources to women and children exposed to domestic abuse could benefit from nature-based therapy tools, but a deeper understanding of how these environments should be built is needed.
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Added November 2018

Occupants Behavior-Based Design Study Using BIM-GIS Integration: An Alternative Design Approach for Architects

Author(s): Afkhamiaghda, M., Mahdaviparsa, A., Afsari, K., McCuen, T., Mutis, I., Hartmann, T.
Added October 2018

Effects of Emergency Department Physical Design Elements on Security, Wayfinding, Visibility, Privacy, and Efficiency and its Implications on Staff Satisfaction and Performance

Author(s): Zamani, Z.
While it is commonly known that emergency departments (EDs) are often challenging and stressful work environments, it is less understood how the physical design of the ED environment contributes to staff performance and satisfaction, especially in the context of five important subtopics: security, visibility, wayfinding, privacy, and efficiency.
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Added September 2018

Sink-Related Outbreaks and Mitigation Strategies in Healthcare Facilities

Author(s): Parkes, L. O., Hota, S. S.
Hand hygiene activities, such as simple handwashing procedures within designated sinks, have been regarded as an effective way to prevent infections for over a century. As hospitals increase in size and are expected to provide treatment to increasingly large patient populations in the future, hand hygiene protocols and sink designs should be continually assessed so that rates of infection remain as minimal as possible.
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Added August 2018

Assessing and comparing physical environments for nursing home residents: using new tools for greater research specificity

Author(s): Cutler, L. J., Kane, R. A., Degenholtz, H. B., Miller, M. J., Grant, L.
At the time of this article’s publication (2018), there was an estimated population of two million elderly patients living in nursing homes. The authors suggest that approaches for optimizing the designs of nursing homes are unclear and relatively unexplored, resulting in negative connotations towards nursing homes among residents and the public alike.
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Added August 2018

Using Lean to Rapidly and Sustainably Transform a Behavioral Health Crisis Program: Impact on Throughput and Safety

Author(s): Balfour, M. E., Tanner, K., Jurica, P. J., Llewellyn, D., Williamson, R. G., Carson, C. A.
Added August 2018