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Small garden, big impact: Emotional and behavioral responses of visitors to a rooftop atrium in a major hospital

Author(s): Martin, K., Nanu, L., Kwon, W.-S., Martin, D.
Added February 2021

Study of the physical environment of waiting areas and its effects on patient satisfaction, experience, perceived waiting time, and behavior in China

Author(s): Xuan, X., Li, Z., Chen, X., Cao, Y., Feng, Z.
Added February 2021

Fit for what purpose? Exploring bicultural frameworks for the architectural design of acute mental health facilities

Author(s): Jenkin, G. L. S., McIntosh, J., Every-Palmer, S.
There is a great need for mental health services around the world. Recent approaches to mental and behavioral health focus on “personal recovery,” one of which is called CHIME.
Key Point Summary
Added March 2021

Designing immersive virtual environments for human behavior research

Author(s): Neo, J. R. J., Won, A. S., Shepley, M. M.
Immersive virtual environments (IVEs) are increasingly used in research to evaluate the role of the environment on behavior. The level of detail can influence the participant’s sense of being in the virtual world, which influences the way a person interacts with the space.
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Added March 2021

Staff perspectives on the role of physical environment in long-term care facilities on dementia care in Canada and Sweden

Author(s): Lee, S. Y., Hung, L., Chaudhury, H., Morelli, A.
Physical environment design interventions are used to benefit people with dementia living in care settings, but the influences on those providing care is unknown. Care settings that support care practices for people living with dementia have both positive and negative effects on social interaction and care practice.
Key Point Summary
Added April 2021

Mental health outcome measures in environmental design research: A critical review

Author(s): Shin, J., Dennis, S., Mohammed, H.
While recent studies show a relationship between well-being and the built environment, few focus specifically on mental health. This study found that access to nature and other design elements of the built environment can improve positive affect (pleasurable feelings), vitality (energy or aliveness), executive functioning (memory, concentration), mood, and general well-being—while also decreasing cortisol (stress).
Key Point Summary
Added May 2021

Evaluation of nosocomial infection control measures to minimize the risk of aspergillus dispersion during major demolition work: A case study of a Japanese university hospital

Author(s): Nakanishi, Y., Kasahara, K., Koizumi, A., Tokutani, J., Yoshihara, S., Mikasa, K., Imamura, T.
Aspergillus species (spp), can be dispersed during activities such as construction, renovation, and demolition. The infection control risk assessment (ICRA) tool was developed in part to counteract the spread of infection in these situations.
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Added May 2021

Influences of physical layout and space on patient safety and communication in ambulatory oncology practices: A multisite, mixed method investigation

Author(s): Fauer, A., Wright, N., Lafferty, M., Harrod, M., Manojlovich, M., Friese, C. R.
Data from 2016 to 2020 indicate that the market for ambulatory oncology services is expanding, presenting a need for a deeper understanding of how the physical space of these environments influences clinician work processes and patient safety.
Key Point Summary
Added July 2021

Impact of circulation complexity on hospital wayfinding behavior (Case study: Milad 1000-bed hospital, Tehran, Iran)

Author(s): Pouyan, A. E., Ghanbaran, A., Shakibamanesh, A.
Added July 2021

Impact of distance on stroke inpatients’ mobility in rehabilitation clinics: a shadowing study

Author(s): Kevdzija, M., Marquardt, G.
Failure to rehabilitate after experiencing a stroke frequently results in a patient’s admission to long-term care. There is a need to understand how size and spatial configuration of rehabilitation settings can support wayfinding and help patients overcome mobility barriers.
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Added December 2021

SARS-CoV-2 viability on 16 common indoor surface finish materials

Author(s): Ronca, S. E., Sturdivant, R. X., Barr, K. L., Harris, D.
During the coronavirus pandemic, studies identified the contaminated environmental surface materials as potential pathways for viral transmission of the disease through contact. To understand the role of surfaces, 16 materials were contaminated with the virus and the stability of the virus on each material was examined.
Key Point Summary
Added March 2021

The perceptions of nurses about the behavioral needs for daylighting and view to the outside in inpatient facilities

Author(s): Gharaveis, A., Yekita, H., Shamloo, G.
Added May 2019

Evaluation of a veterans administration mental and behavioral health patient room mockup

Author(s): Sachs, N. A., Shepley, M. M., Peditto, K., Hankinson, M. T., Smith, K., Giebink, B., Thompson, T.
Added July 2019

The perceptual and behavioral influence on dental professionals from the noise in their workplace

Author(s): Ma, K. W., Mak, C. M., Wong, H. M.
Added December 2019

Use of an automated hand hygiene compliance system by emergency room nurses and technicians is associated with decreased employee absenteeism

Author(s): Strauch, J., Braun, T. M., Short, H.
The relationship between hand hygiene intervention and absenteeism has been studied in other contexts besides healthcare. Researchers examined how improving hand hygiene practices among emergency room (ER) nurses and technicians affected their absenteeism and overtime hours worked by substitute staff.
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Added December 2019

Effectiveness of a Snoezelen Room on fear, anxiety, and satisfaction of nulliparous women: A randomized controlled trial

Author(s): Momeni, M., Jamshidimanesh, M., Ranjbar, H.
Added July 2020

Sensory environments for behavioral health in Dementia: Diffusion of an environmental innovation at the Veterans Health Administration

Author(s): Lorusso, L., Park, N.-K., Bosch, S., Freytes, I. M., Shorr, R., Conroy, M., Ahrentzen, S.
Added July 2020

Physical environments that support the mental health of staff and families in the NICU

Author(s): Shepley, M. M., Sachs, N. A.
NICU staff members and patient families are potentially psychologically challenged and/or experiencing high levels of stress. Built environment design interventions that support well-being in mental and behavioral health (MBH) settings may also be applicable to NICU environments.
Key Point Summary
Added September 2020

Exploring the spatial arrangement of patient rooms for minimum nurse travel in hospital nursing units in Korea

Author(s): Lee, J., Lee, H., Shepley, M. M.
Studies have shown that when nurses have to walk long distances, time at the patient bedside is reduced and nursing fatigue and stress increase. The arrangement of patient rooms within a nursing unit can impact nurse well-being and optimize patient care.
Key Point Summary
Added September 2020

A systems framework for understanding the environment’s relation to clinical teamwork: A systematic literature review of empirical studies

Author(s): Peavey, E., Cai, H.
Added December 2018