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Improving transparent team communication with the ‘Glass Door’ decal communication tool: A mixed methods analysis of family and staff perspectives

Author(s): Zavalkoff, Samara, Mazaniello-Chezol, M., O'Donnell, S., Cunningham, K., Almazyad, M., O'Reilly, A., Macedo, K., Lammeree, K., Mitchell, E., Roussianos, C., Antonacci, M., Cunnigham, G., Park, M., Gottesman, R.
Added October 2023

Improving Daily Patient Goal-Setting and Team Communication: The Liber8 Glass Door Project*

Author(s): Jones, I. G. R., Friedman, S., Vu, M., Awladthani, S., Watts, C., Simpson, A., Al-Farsi, A. A., Gupta, R., Cupido, C., Choong, K.
Added August 2023

Audiovisual recording in the inpatient setting: A method for studying parent–nurse communication

Author(s): Cash, E. K., Giambra, B. K.
Added May 2023

Associations of surgical team communication with the layout of physical space: A network analysis of the operating room in a military medical center

Author(s): Kabo, F. W., Stucky, C. H., De Jong, M. J.
Added April 2023

Potentially inadequate real-life speech levels by healthcare professionals during communication with older inpatients

Author(s): Stuck, A. K., Born, S., Stuck, A. E., Kompis, M.
Added April 2023

Effects of the physical environment on children and families in hospital-based emergency departments: A systematic literature review

Author(s): Gripko, M., Joseph, A., MohammadiGorji, S.
The emergency department (ED) environment is often a very stressful place, especially for young children and their families. Previous studies show that highly stimulating environments may increase anxiety. There are many complex relationships among the physical environment and healthcare outcomes in the emergency department, and themes in this study include control, positive distractions, family and social supports, and designing for a safe and comfortable experience.
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Added February 2023

The psychological impact of the workplace environment in critical care A qualitative exploration

Author(s): Grailey, K., Leon-Villapalos, C., Murray, E., Brett, S. J.
Researchers acknowledge the intersection of cultural and environmental elements of intensive care units and resulting staff perceptions of those elements. Single patient rooms, varying levels of visibility, and workflow issues are just a few of the environmental conditions that have an impact on clinical staff.
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Added January 2023

Sound Control for Improved Outcomes in Healthcare Settings

Author(s): Joseph, A., Ulrich, R. S.
Added December 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

The healthcare workspace: Understanding the role of decentralized nursing stations, corridors, and huddle spaces as locations for teamwork in a neonatal intensive care unit

Author(s): Fay, L., Real, K., Haynes, S.
Neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) host fragile and vulnerable patients. Research studies on NICUs with a single-family room (SFR) layout demonstrate benefits to both neonates and their parents but the impact on staff remains unclear. The decentralization associated with SFRs may impair teamwork.
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Added June 2022

Antibiotic-resistant organisms establish reservoirs in new hospital built environments and are related to patient blood infection isolates

Author(s): Sukhum, K. V., Newcomer, E. P., Cass, C., Wallace, M. A., Johnson, C., Fine, J., Sax, S., Barlet, M. H., Burnham, C.-A. D., Dantas, G., Kwon, J. H.
Added June 2022

Placing users at the center: Evaluating exam room design for improved user experience

Author(s): Matić, Z., Oh, Y., Lim, L., Zimring, C.
While outpatient exam rooms have remained largely unchanged for the past few decades, limited research suggests that design configurations can influence the quality of care. The relationship of the door, exam table, EHR, and sink can support patient privacy, patient-provider communication, and provider efficiency.
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Added June 2022

The demand for specialization and its influence on the design of inpatient nursing units: Can standardized design be done once and for all?

Author(s): Xuan, X., Duan, X., Feng, Z.
Research shows that specialized units, such as psychiatry and intensive care, require built environments that are specific to their patient populations. Medical-surgical units within the same facility typically have similar physical layouts even though they often serve distinct patient populations.
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Added April 2022

Clinic design for safety during the pandemic: Safety or teamwork, can we only pick one?

Author(s): Lim, L., Zimring, C. M., DuBose, J. R., Fischer, G. M., Stroebel, R.
Research shows that teamwork improves patient and staff outcomes, reduces medical errors, and enhances quality of care. Teams are more effective when team members work in close proximity, are visually connected, and cross paths throughout the work day, but these practices can be detrimental during a pandemic.
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Added April 2022

Relationship of the built environment on nursing communication patterns in the Emergency Department: A task performance and analysis time study

Author(s): Tindle, K., Allison, D., Carlisle, S., Faircloth, B., Fields, J. M., Hayden, G., Ku, B.
Added April 2022

The role of the physical environment in conversations between people who are communication vulnerable and health-care professionals: a scoping review

Author(s): Stans, S. E. A., Dalemans, R. J. P., de Witte, L. P., Smeets, H. W. H., Beurskens, A. J.
Added April 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

Experiences of sensory overload and communication barriers by autistic adults in health care settings

Author(s): Strömberg, M., Liman, L., Bang, P., Igelström, K.
Autistic adults have an elevated risk for health problems that can be further exacerbated by stressful and inefficient healthcare experiences. The goal of this study was to identify problematic patterns of sensory and communication experiences for autistic adults. Intense, unpredictable, and uncontrollable environments present barriers to communication and contribute to overstimulation.
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Added October 2021

Experiences of Sensory Overload and Communication Barriers by Autistic Adults in Health Care Settings

Author(s): Strömberg, M., Liman, L., Bang, P., Igelström, K.
Added October 2021

Influences of physical layout and space on patient safety and communication in ambulatory oncology practices: A multisite, mixed method investigation

Author(s): Fauer, A., Wright, N., Lafferty, M., Harrod, M., Manojlovich, M., Friese, C. R.
Data from 2016 to 2020 indicate that the market for ambulatory oncology services is expanding, presenting a need for a deeper understanding of how the physical space of these environments influences clinician work processes and patient safety.
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Added July 2021