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It’s the Writing on the Wall: Whiteboards Improve Inpatient Satisfaction With Provider Communication

Author(s): Singh, S., Fletcher, K. E., Pandl, G. J., Schapira, M. M., Nattinger, A. B., Biblo, L. A., Whittle, J.
Communication in hospitals between caregivers and patients is important for patient satisfaction. Inpatients frequently say they are not well informed and report their dissatisfaction. 
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Examination of wireless technology to improve nurse communication, response time to bed alarms, and patient safety

Author(s): Guarascio-Howard, Linda
Patient safety programs, such as fall-prevention programs, are greatly impacted by communication within the care team. The ability to communicate effectively with other care team members is essential for achieving quick caregiver responses to changing patient conditions. While the majority of research has focused on the implementation of fall-prevention programs as a primary method for reducing patient falls within healthcare environments, this research looks to assess the interconnection between wireless technology, bed alarms, caregiver response, communication, and collaboration on fall-prevention.
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Does proper design of an intensive care unit affect compliance with isolation practices?

Author(s): Rodriguez, M., Ford, D., Adams, S.
This article tackles these questions, as well as looks at the importance of end-user input to renovation and construction healthcare projects.
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Lactation Space Design: Supporting Evidence-Based Practice and the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

Author(s): Thompson, T. S., Heflin, L.
Many studies support the philosophy that breast-feeding is the best nutritional option for babies.  There is a strong movement to go back to breast-feeding newborn children for their first six months of life because it has been shown that breast-feeding helps reduce the rate of illness for both mother and child.  One study done by Simkin showed that infants fed breast milk exclusively for their first three months of life were nine times less likely to be hospitalized for infection.  
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Noise levels in an Australian emergency department

Author(s): Short, A. E., Short, K. T., Holdgate, A., Ahern, N., Morris, J.

Person-Environment Fit and Functioning Among Older Adults in a Long-Term Care Setting

Author(s): Pomeroy, S. H., Scherer, Y., Runkawatt, V., Iamsumang, W., Lindemann, J., Resnick, B.
Research conducted in different nursing homes (NHs) shows that the main focus of care in nursing homes is to meet the physical and medical care needs of residents with emphasis on basic care such as bathing, dressing, medication administration, nutrition, providing wound care, and other types of medically driven procedures, not on maximizing the function and time spent in physical activity. 
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Lean Thinking in Emergency Departments: A Critical Review

Author(s): Holden, R. J.

Quantifying the Relationship Among Hospital Design, Satisfaction, and Psychosocial Functioning in a Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Inpatient Unit

Author(s): Sherman-Bien, S. A., Malcarne, V. L., Roesch, S., Varni, J. W., Katz, E. R.
Prior research has shown that healthcare satisfaction and physical and psychological outcomes in adults are affected by the built environment. Research has also suggested that perceived built environment satisfaction acts as a mediator between the objective built environment and healthcare satisfaction and health-related quality of life in adults. However, minimal research has been conducted to understand these concepts within the pediatric population.
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Community-Based Versus Institutional Supportive Housing: Perceived Quality of Care, Quality of Life, Emotional Well-Being, and Social Interaction

Author(s): Robison, J., Shugrue, N., Reed, I., Thompson, N., Smith, P., Gruman, C.
Numerous options for residential supportive housing are available for people who need long-term care. Some options are categorized as institutional while others are designated community-based; the movement to rebalance the long-term care system emphasizes the latter category. This study examines the experiences of 150 residents of two types of community-based supportive housing-assisted living (...
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