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The Relationship Between Counselor Satisfaction and Extrinsic Job Factors in State Rehabilitation Agencies

Author(s): Andrew, J. D., Faubion, C. W., Palmer, C. D.
In a national study, researchers collected survey data from 315 state rehabilitation agency counselors in 16 states to examine job satisfaction and extrinsic job factors. This report provides statistical analyses and extensive descriptive data characteristics. For example, only 46% of the sample reported having a master's degree (or higher) in some form of counseling, and only 25% reported...
Key Point Summary
Added August 2012

Clinical. The impact of environmental cleanliness on infection rates

Author(s): Patel, S.
Added October 2012

Identifying medical center units with disproportionate shares of patient complaints

Author(s): Pichert, J.W., Federspiel, C.F., Hickson, G.B., Miller, C.S., Gauld-Jaeger, J., Gray, C.L.
Added October 2012

Factors determining medical students’ and residents’ satisfaction during VA-based training: findings from the VA Learners’ Perceptions Survey

Author(s): Cannon, G. W. , Keitz, S. A. , Holland, G. J. , Chang, B. K., Byrne, J. M. , Tomolo, A., Aron, D. C. , Wicker, A. B., Kashner, T. M.
Patient satisfaction surveys of healthcare environments are often used to gauge perceptions of broad aspects of the built environment. In this large-scale study using a validated instrument, the study population is medical students and residents. The investigation simultaneously compares multiple domains of trainee satisfaction in a common clinical training environment through a serial cross-sectional national survey.
Key Point Summary
Added October 2012

A place to heal: Environmental sources of satisfaction among hospital patients

Author(s): Harris, P. B., McBride, G., Ross, C., Curtis, L.
Visits to the hospital might be infrequent, but are often associated with strong emotions. Considering patient needs reflects the growing focus on service quality and patient satisfaction, which now join clinical quality as a holistic approach to health care delivery. This study identifies sources of environmental satisfaction and dissatisfaction among hospital inpatients and examines the relative contribution of environmental satisfaction to the overall hospital experience.
Key Point Summary
Added October 2012

Effects of waiting on the satisfaction with the service: Beyond objective time measures

Author(s): Pruyn, A., Smidts, A.
Wait times are a persistent concern in healthcare today. It is a concern that healthcare shares with other service industries. To counter this waiting areas provide numerous distractions- TVs, magazines, vending machines, computer kiosks etc. The efficacy of these distractions is beginning to be studied in greater detail today.
Key Point Summary
Added October 2012

Evaluation of the Built Environment: Staff and Family Satisfaction Pre- and Post-Occupancy of The Children's Hospital

Author(s): Kotzer, A. M., Zacharakis, S. K., Raynolds, M., Buenning, F.
As healthcare organizations begin to address the issues of quality and safety, patient-centered care, and emerging technologies through the replacement of old and outdated facilities, understanding the impact of the built environment on patient and staff health outcomes becomes increasingly necessary to make valued decisions throughout the process.
Key Point Summary
Added September 2014

Perceived Neighborhood Environments and Leisure-Time Walking Among Korean Adults: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior

Author(s): Lee, H.-S., Shepley, M. M.
The prevalence of overweight and obese Korean adults has risen due to physical inactivity that is supported by a sedentary lifestyle. Recent research has sought to understand the interconnection between the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) and environmental variables such as sidewalk condition, land-use mix, proximity of parks or recreational facilities, neighborhood aesthetics, and perceived neighborhood safety.
Key Point Summary
Added September 2014

Enhancing the assessment of tangible service quality through the creation of a cleanliness measurement scale

Author(s): Barber, N., Scarcelli, J. M.
Added September 2014

An exploratory study into the factors that influence patients' perceptions of cleanliness in an acute NHS trust hospital

Author(s): Whitehead, H., May, D., Agahi, H.
Added September 2014

Link between patients' perceptions of their acute care hospital experience and institutions' injurious fall rates

Author(s): Tzeng, H. M., Hu, H. M., Yin, C. Y., Johnson, D.
Added September 2014

Patients' perceptions of hospital cleanliness are correlated with rates of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia

Author(s): Edgcumbe, D. P.
Added September 2014

Hospital outpatient perceptions of the physical environment of waiting areas: the role of patient characteristics on atmospherics in one academic medical center

Author(s): Tsai, C. Y., Wang, M. C., Liao, W. T., Lu, J. H., Sun, P. H., Lin, B. Y., Breen, G. M.
Added September 2014

Healthcare providers' perception of design factors related to physical environments in hospitals

Author(s): Mourshed, M., Zhao, Y.
Most aspects of the physical environment having an impact on staff outcome are determined during early design stages of a building’s lifecycle. Subsequent modifications at later stages are expensive and sometimes difficult to achieve due to the multidisciplinary nature of design decision making.
Key Point Summary
Added November 2014

Ambulatory infusion suite: pre- and post-occupancy evaluation

Author(s): Shepley, M.M., Rybkowski, Z., Aliber, J., Lange, C.
The authors refer to the lack of research on the design of cancer facilities while emphasizing the need to study the impact of the physical environment of infusion suites on patient experience. This study evaluates the perceptions of patients and staff of two infusion suites – old and new, specifically in connection with social interaction, privacy, and access to nature.
Key Point Summary
Added December 2014

Changes in patient satisfaction related to hospital renovation: Experience with a new clinical building

Author(s): Siddiqui, Z. K., Zuccarelli, R, Durkin, N., Wu, A. W., Brotman, D. J.
As hospitals increasingly implement novel designs geared towards patient satisfaction and improved care, further research into the details of patient satisfaction levels is needed. By understanding patient perceptions of these new, patient-centered built environments and the care provided within them, healthcare providers and designers could more accurately project which design decisions will provide improved levels of patient satisfaction within a variety of contexts.
Key Point Summary
Added March 2015

Patient Perceptions of the Environment of Care in Which Their Healthcare is Delivered

Author(s): LaVela, S. L., Etingen, B., Hill, J. N., Miskevics, S.
Added April 2016

Mental and behavioral health settings: Importance & effectiveness of environmental qualities & features as perceived by staff

Author(s): Shepley, M. M., Watson, A., Pitts, F., Garrity, A., Spelman, E., Fronsman, A., Kelkar, J.
While many previous studies have examined how facility designs can benefit patients within non-psychiatric acute care settings, there is a lack of research exploring how physical environments can be better suited to promote the health of patients in mental and behavioral health (MBH) facilities.
Key Point Summary
Added February 2017

Does the design of settings where acute care is delivered meet the needs of older people? Perspectives of patients, family carers, and staff

Author(s): Haywood, A., Barnes, S., Marsh, H., Parker, S. G.
Acute care for older patients has special requirements but is seldom addressed in relation to the architecture of the facility. Improving the physical environment could result in better health outcomes for a growing number of patients.
Key Point Summary
Added April 2018

Healing environments: What design factors really matter according to patients? An exploratory analysis

Author(s): Schreuder, E., Lebesque, L., Bottenheft, C.
Six themes that may contribute to healing environments: spatial comfort, safety and security, autonomy, sensory comfort, privacy, and social comfort were identified from the literature. This Netherlands-based study evaluated how the six themes and associated design characteristics could be prioritized to maximize well-being. Each theme was described.
Key Point Summary
Added August 2018