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Designing Team Rooms for Collaboration In The Outpatient Clinics

Author(s): DuBose, J., Lim, L., Westlake, R.
Healthcare systems in the U.S. are gradually shifting from “episodic” care delivered in silos to more team-oriented and coordinated approaches. Ambulatory care environments in particular are adopting the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model, which is an integrated, team-based model designed to optimize treatment and management of patients.
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Maximizing the Impact of Nursing Care Quality: A Closer Look at the Hospital Work Environment and the Nurse’s Impact on Patient-Care Quality

Author(s): Hendrich, A., Chow, M.
Current hospital work environments have inefficient work processes, physical designs, technology infrastructure, and organizational cultures that cause inefficiencies and nursing stressors that compromise direct patient care. This article reviewed the evidence relating to nursing work processes, physical space, infrastructure, and patient safety to promote transformational change to the nursing work environment.
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Role of the Physical and Social Environment in Promoting Health, Safety, and Effectiveness in the Healthcare Workplace

Author(s): Joseph, A.

Sound Control for Improved Outcomes in Healthcare Settings

Author(s): Joesph, A., Ulrich, R.P.

Environmental Correlates of Safety and Efficiency in Emergency Departments

Author(s): Pati, D., Harvey, T. E., Vincent, D., Evans, J., Pati, S., Bazuin, D., Derr, M. A.
Whether from professional or governmental institutions or from the popular press, stories abound of the challenges EDs (emergency departments) face (Berger, 2006). Every day, EDs have to treat an ever-rising number of patients coming through their doors, many of whom have highly complex conditions.
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