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The Knowledge Repository is a complete, user-friendly database of healthcare design research references that continues to grow with the latest peer-reviewed publications. Start with our Knowledge Repository for all of your searches for articles and research citations on healthcare design topics. Access full texts through the source link, read key point summaries, or watch slidecasts. Expand your search and find project briefs, interviews, and other relevant resources by visiting our Insights & Solutions page.


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Designing a cardiac intensive care unit by employing an evidence-based design approach

Author(s): Alansari, A., Quan, X.
Research shows that the design of the physical environment of cardiac intensive care units (CICUs) plays a significant role in patient outcomes, patient safety, and quality of care. Evidence-based design decisions further influence healthcare personnel well-being, such as reducing workplace injuries and workers’ compensation claims.
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Added December 2022

The Implementation of a dedicated newborn examination room: A quality improvement project

Author(s): Thornhill, L., Tiwari, M., Garsia, K., Joerck, C., Mowry, C., Bhurawala, H., Liu, A.
Added November 2022

Impact of the soundscape on the physical health and the perception of senior adults in senior care facilities

Author(s): Mu, J., Wu, Y., Wang, T.
Research shows that conditions of the indoor environment can affect human perception, satisfaction, and health. Senior adults tend to spend more time indoors such that the soundscape of the indoor environment (acoustics), may influence their health.
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Added November 2022

Noise exposure and quality of life among nurses

Author(s): McCullagh, M. C., Xu, J., Dickson, V. V., Tan, A., Lusk, S. L.
Research shows that the effects of high-noise environments extend beyond hearing damage. Excessive noise levels can negatively impact cardiovascular health, mental health, sleep, and lead to tinnitus. Healthcare work environments are inherently noisy due to paging systems, telephones, monitor alarms, treatment equipment, and ice machines.
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Added November 2022

Places of safety? Fear and violence in acute mental health facilities: A large qualitative study of staff and service user perspectives

Author(s): Jenkin, G., Quigg, S., Paap, H., Cooney, E., Peterson, D., Every-Palmer, S.
Added August 2022

The role of healthcare facility design on the mental health of healthcare professionals: A literature review

Author(s): Jin, H.-Y., Gold, C., Cho, J., Marzban, F., Lim, L.
Research demonstrates that burnout is prevalent in healthcare workers and has been associated with negative consequences for patients, staff, and organizations. To date, initiatives to mitigate burnout and support staff well-being do not fully utilize the built environment.
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Added August 2022

The Effectiveness of the Anteroom (Vestibule) Area on Hospital Infection Control and Health Staff Safety: A Systematic Review

Author(s): Andalib, E., Faghani, M., Zia Ziabari, S. M., Shenagari, M., Salehiniya, H., Keivanlou, M. H., Rafat, Z.
Added August 2022

Reducing the risk of viral contamination during the coronavirus pandemic by using a protective curtain in the operating room

Author(s): Sadeghian, P., Bi, Y., Cao, G., Sadrizadeh, S.
Added August 2022

Lean design of the pediatric intensive care unit patient room for efficient and safe care delivery

Author(s): Lu, Y., Bishop, N. B., Zadeh, R. S.
Pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) are often operated by specially trained registered nurses (RNs). Due to the high stress and sensitivity of these environments, optimizing RN workflows and safety protocols is important.
Key Point Summary
Added August 2022

Inpatient telemedicine and new models of care during COVID-19: Hospital design strategies to enhance patient and staff safety

Author(s): Pilosof, N. P., Barrett, M., Oborn, E., Barkai, G., Pessach, I. M., Zimlichman, E.
Added August 2022

The Rewards of Psychological Safety in Design and Construction

Author(s): Kraus, C.
Added August 2022

Healthcare worker safety program in a COVID-19 alternate care site: The Javits New York Medical Station experience

Author(s): Thompson, C. N., Mugford, C., Merriman, J. R., Chen, M. A., Hutter, J. D., Maruna, T. J., Bacon, W. R., Childs, R. W., Pati, R., Clifton, G. T., Pazdan, R. M.
Added July 2022

Risk of air and surface contamination of SARS-CoV-2 in isolation wards and its relationship with patient and environmental characteristics

Author(s): Wang, K., Ho, K.-F., Leung, L. Y.-T., Chow, K.-M., Cheung, Y.-Y., Tsang, D., Lai, R. W.-M., Xu, R. H., Yeoh, E.-K., Hung, C.-T.
Added June 2022

Association between acute psychiatric bed availability in the Veterans Health Administration and veteran suicide risk: a retrospective cohort study

Author(s): Kaboli, P. J., Augustine, M. R., Haraldsson, B., Mohr, N. M., Howren, M. B., Jones, M. P., Trivedi, R.
Added May 2022

How does the environment influence consumers' perceptions of safety in acute mental health units? A qualitative study

Author(s): Cutler, N. A., Halcomb, E., Sim, J., Stephens, M., Moxham, L.
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

Women’s experiences of physical features in a specially designed birthing room: A mixed-methods study in Sweden

Author(s): Skogström, L. B., Vithal, E., Wijk, H., Lindahl, G., Berg, M.
Prior research shows that birthing environments that support privacy, safety, and comfort can have a positive impact on labor outcomes. Familiar homelike features and rooms that allow for free movement have been linked with shorter labor and reduced pain.
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Added March 2022

Designing palliative care facilities to better support patient and family care: A staff perspective

Author(s): McLaughlan, R., Richards, K., Lipson-Smith, R., Collins, A., Philip, J.
There are several factors that make palliative care unique, including longer lengths of stay, the number of visitors, and considerations around end-of-life care. Staff perceive that privacy, a homelike environment, and safety are important for their ability to provide comfort and support to both patients and families.
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Added February 2022

Responsiveness and adaptability of healthcare facilities in emergency scenarios: COVID-19 experience

Author(s): Łukasik, M., Porębska, A.
COVID-19 exposed shortcomings in hospitals’ abilities to accommodate emergency scenarios with efficiency and preparedness. Prior research evaluates strategies for resilient hospitals, such as the use of architectural methods to reduce bacterial infection.
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Added January 2022

Safety assessment for temporary hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic: A simulation approach

Author(s): Campos, A. T., dos Santos, C. H., Gabriel, G. T., Montevechi, J. A. B.
Added January 2022