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The social logic of nursing communication and team processes in centralized and decentralized work spaces

Author(s): Real, K., Santiago, J., Fay, L., Isaacs, K., Carll-White, A.

The influence of spatial design on team communication in hospital emergency departments

Author(s): Naccarella, L., Raggatt, M., Redley, B.
Hospital emergency departments (EDs) are often high-intensity, busy, and complex environments treating especially sensitive patient populations in a time-sensitive manner. The nature of ED environments places added emphasis on the importance of clear communication between staff members and how the overall design of an ED might impact these interactions. 
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Recognising the importance of informal communication events in improving collaborative care

Author(s): Burm, S., Boese, K., Faden, L., DeLuca, S., Huda, N., Hibbert, K., Goldszmidt, M.

Nursing unit design, nursing staff communication networks, and patient falls: Are they related?

Author(s): Brewer, B. B., Carley, K. M., Benham-Hutchins, M., Effken, J. A., Reminga, J.

Effects of Patient Care Unit Design and Technology on Nurse and Patient Care Technician Communication

Author(s): Beck, M. S., Doscher, M.

Designing Medical Facilities to Care for Patients with Highly Hazardous Communicable Diseases

Author(s): Kortepeter, M. G., Kwon, E. H., Cieslak, T. J.

Comparing the Effectiveness of Four Different Design Media in Communicating Desired Performance Outcomes With Clinical End Users

Author(s): Wingler, D., Machry, H., Bayramzadeh, S., Joseph, A., Allison, D.

Decentralization: The Corridor Is the Problem, Not the Alcove

Author(s): Hamilton, K., Swoboda, S. M., Lee, J.-T., Anderson, D. C.
This study explored changes within the healthcare industry (e.g., single-patient rooms, electronic medical records, etc.) and the shift to a more linear unit design as factors that could be leading to communication breakdowns, challenging the notion that a decentralized nursing station is the primary contributor.  
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Human factors considerations in designing for infection prevention and control in neonatal care – findings from a pre-design inquiry

Author(s): Trudel, C., Cobb, S., Momtahan, K., Brintnell, J., Mitchell, A.
As healthcare environments are being more frequently redesigned to improve patient experiences and provider operations, it becomes increasingly important that healthcare providers themselves understand how these new designs are intended to be utilized. Giving healthcare providers a deeper understanding of the functions and purposes underlying important healthcare design decisions could help reduce potential operational errors or staff frustrations. 
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Field investigation of ambulatory clinic exam room design with respect to computing devices: A pilot study

Author(s): Saleem, J. J., Weiler, D. T., Satterly, T., Nussbaum, M. A., Chumbler, N. R., Fischer, G. M., Rehman, S. U.
Previous studies have shown that electronic health record (EHR) systems can help enhance patient-staff interactions in ambulatory care environments. However, there is no clear method for how best to integrate EHR technology into these environments. 
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