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The Creation of a Behavioral Health Unit as Part of the Emergency Department: One Community Hospital's Two-Year Experience

Author(s): Lewis, C., Sierzega, G., Haines, D.
Added July 2016

Mental and Behavioral Health Environments: Critical Considerations for Facility Design

Author(s): Shepley, M. M., Watson, A., Pitts, F., Garrity, A., Spelman, E., Kelkar, J., Fronsman, A.
Mental and behavioral health (MBH) facilities are being built and renovated at an increasing rate, but research concerning best building practices has not kept pace with construction. Evidence-based design (EBD) involves the use of research to help multidisciplinary design teams create the most appropriate built environments.
Key Point Summary
Added July 2016

Lost in space: The place of the architectural milieu in the aetiology and treatment of schizophrenia

Author(s): Golembiewski, J.
This article is a theoretical discussion concerning how designed and constructed environments can be significant factors in the psychogenesis of mental illnesses, particularly with non-affective psychoses. The authors believe that the current body of literature is lacking in resources that could help direct design decision-making to positively influence the well-being of mentally ill individuals. Discussing this matter may help identify specific qualities of the built environment that appear to be aetiologically related to psychosis.
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Added June 2016

Person-Environment Interaction in a New Secure Forensic State Psychiatric Hospital: Person-Environment Interaction

Author(s): Eggert, J. E., Kelly, S. P., Margiotta, D. T., Hegvik, D. K., Vaher, K. A., Kaya, R. T.
Added June 2016

Effective Use of the Built Environment to Manage Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia: A Systematic Review

Author(s): Soril, L. J. J., Leggett, L. E., Lorenzetti, D. L., Silvius, J., Robertson, D., Mansell, L., Holroyd-Leduc, J., Noseworthy, T. W., Clement, F. M., Laks, J.
There is a lack of valid and reliable research in the area of impact of built environment interventions in managing behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.
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Added June 2016

Healthcare Staffs’ Experiences and Perceptions of Caring for People with Dementia in the Acute Setting: Qualitative Evidence Synthesis

Author(s): Houghton, C., Murphy, K., Brooker, D., Casey, D.
Dementia is an international health issue that greatly impacts healthcare delivery systems. Individuals with dementia have specific needs when it comes to healthcare, and it seems that, generally, acute care environments aren’t suitable for these individuals. Considering how previous studies have shown that as much as a quarter of individuals utilizing acute hospital services are likely to have dementia, the authors posit that there needs to be a shift in ethos, organization, and environment in which more appropriate care is provided to patients with dementia in acute care settings.
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Added June 2016

Impact of a Comprehensive Workplace Hand Hygiene Program on Employer Health Care Insurance Claims and Costs, Absenteeism, and Employee Perceptions and Practices:

Author(s): Arbogast, J. W., Moore-Schiltz, L., Jarvis, W. R., Harpster-Hagen, A., Hughes, J., Parker, A.
Added June 2016

Does Space Matter? An Exploratory Study for a Child-Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit

Author(s): Trzpuc, S. J., Wendt, K. A., Heitzman, S. C., Skemp, S., Thomas, D., Dahl, R.
Added June 2016

Design to improve visibility: Impact of corridor width and unit shape

Author(s): Hadi, K., Zimring, C.
Added June 2016

The effect of hospital layout on caregiver-patient communication patterns

Author(s): Pachilova, R., Sailer, K.
This article suggests that the field of evidence-based design (EBD), which considers information from case evaluations and credible research during design-related decision processes, has only marginally examined hospital layouts and their effects. As a result, this study attempts to build on the tradition of “Space Syntax” research, which is a theory that explores how space controls and generates encounters between inhabitants and visitors of certain spaces and how these two groups engage in communication.
Key Point Summary
Added June 2016

The Efficacy of Visual Cues to Improve Hand Hygiene Compliance

Author(s): Nevo, Igal, Fitzpatrick, Maureen, Thomas, Ruth-Everett, Gluck, Paul A., Lenchus, Joshua D., Arheart, Kristopher L., Birnbach, David J.
Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) affect patients at hospitals and other facilities. Hand hygiene compliance (HHC) among healthcare workers is important and was called upon by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2009 for improvement and sustainability.
Key Point Summary
Added June 2016

Keeping an Eye Out: Real Time, Real World Modeling of Behavior in Health Care Settings

Author(s): Beorkrem, C., Danilowicz, S., Sauda, E., Souvenir, R., Spurlock, S., Lanclos, D., Thomsen, R. M., Tamke, M., Gengnagel, C., Faircloth, B., Scheurer, F.
Added May 2016

Building spatial layout that supports healthier behavior of office workers: a new performance mandate for sustainable buildings

Author(s): Hua, Y., Yang, E.
Added May 2016

Comparison between mixed and laminar airflow systems in operating rooms and the influence of human factors: Experiences from a Swedish orthopedic center

Author(s): Erichsen Andersson, A., Petzold, M., Bergh, I., Karlsson, J., Eriksson, B. I., Nilsson, K.
Added May 2016

Impact of the Physical Environment of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities (RHCSF) on Staff and Residents A Systematic Review of the Literature

Author(s): Joseph, A., Choi, Y.-S., Quan, X.
Strategies related to the design of the built environment should be considered within the context of the culture of the organization and the resident population. This study of the physical environment of residential health, care, and support facilities addresses the range of settings and population, where other studies have been lacking. The literature review strongly suggests that the built environment is an important component of care provided in residential care settings.
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Added May 2016

Can Hospital Form Trigger Fear Response?

Author(s): Pati, D., O’Boyle, M., Hou, J., Nanda, U., Ghamari, H.
Added April 2016

The Effects of Spatial Enclosure on Social Interaction Between Older Adults With Dementia and Young Children

Author(s): Cerruti, M. S., Shepley, M. M.
Added April 2016

Nature Contacts: Employee Wellness in Healthcare

Author(s): Trau, D., Keenan, K. A., Goforth, M., Large, V.
Added April 2016

Characteristics Associated with Low Food and Fluid Intake in Long-Term Care Residents with Dementia

Author(s): Reed, P.S., Zimmerman, S., Sloane, P.D, Williams, C. S., Boustani, M.
Research conducted on residents of different nursing homes shows that the older people who had been suffering with impaired mobility and cognition face serious malnutrition resulting from insufficient food intake and dehydration problems due to less consumption of fluid intake. The resident characteristics that contribute to food and fluid intake include cognitive status, ability to drink independently, and physical limitations such as difficulty swallowing.
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Added January 2016

Light Treatment for Neuropsychiatric Behaviors in Alzheimer's Disease

Author(s): Dowling, G. A., Graf, C. L., Hubbard, E. M. & Luxenberg, J. S.
Neuropsychiatric behaviors are common in people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and make both professional and lay caregiving difficult. Light therapy has been somewhat successful in ameliorating disruptive behaviors.
Key Point Summary
Added January 2016