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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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Occupants Behavior-Based Design Study Using BIM-GIS Integration: An Alternative Design Approach for Architects

Author(s): Afkhamiaghda, M., Mahdaviparsa, A., Afsari, K., McCuen, T., Mutis, I., Hartmann, T.
Added October 2018

Understanding nurses’ workflow: Batching care and potential opportunities for transmission of infectious organisms, a pilot study

Author(s): Gregory, L., Weston, L. E., Harrod, M., Meddings, J., Krein, S. L.
Hand hygiene and personal protective equipment (PPE) strategies are employed to prevent disease transmission in the contact precaution room. Studies revealed that precautionary measures perceived as overwhelming required more time in patient care and required changes in workflow.
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Added December 2019

Patient and clinician engagement with health information in the primary care waiting room: A mixed methods case study

Author(s): Penry Williams, C., Elliott, K., Gall, J., Woodward-Kron, R.
Health literacy (i.e., the ability to understand medical information) is a big part of how people make decisions about their health. The availability of health information in waiting rooms has the potential to provide education to people who may not otherwise have access.
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Added February 2022

Effects of a tailored lighting intervention on sleep quality, rest–activity, mood, and behavior in older adults with Alzheimer disease and related dementias: A randomized clinical trial

Author(s): Figueiro, M. G., Plitnick, B., Roohan, C., Sahin, L., Kalsher, M., Rea, M. S.
Added September 2023

Post-Occupancy Evaluation of a Crisis Shelter Garden and Application of Findings Through the Use of a Participatory Design Process

Author(s): Lygum, V. L., Poulsen, D. V., Djernis, D., Djernis, H. G., Sidenius, U., Stigsdotter, U. K.
As an increasing number of designers and healthcare practitioners utilize nature-based therapy tools, there is a growing need to understand how certain elements within these natural spaces might contribute to heightened therapeutic effects for patients with specific conditions. Crisis shelters that provide healthcare resources to women and children exposed to domestic abuse could benefit from nature-based therapy tools, but a deeper understanding of how these environments should be built is needed.
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Added November 2018

Exploring the Effects of Clinical Exam Room Design on Communication, Technology Interaction, and Satisfaction

Author(s): Zamani, Z., Harper, E. C.
The use of electronic health records (EHRs) in exam rooms is common, but research assessing the impact of EHRs on the exam experience is mixed. Limited research for healthcare design suggests exam room layouts can influence patient-provider interactions through improved information sharing.
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Added February 2019

The effect of a non-talking rule on the sound level and perception of patients in an outpatient infusion center

Author(s): Zijlstra, E., Hagedoorn, M., Krijnen, W. P., van der Schans, C. P., Mobach, M. P.
The World Health Organization has recommended that noise in patient care areas be limited to support healing. The authors of this study explore the effect of a behavioral intervention aimed at reducing conversational noise in the context of an outpatient infusion center and its result on patient perceptions.
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Added March 2019

Older adults’ activity on a geriatric hospital unit: A behavioral mapping study

Author(s): Ariza-Vega, Patrocinio, Shu, Hattie, Amarasekera, Ruvini, Y. Edwards, Nicola, Filipski, Marta, Langford, Dolores, Madden, Kenneth, C. Ashe, Maureen, 1 Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Granada, Spain; Institute for Biomedical Research (ibs), Granada, Spain, 2 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Virgen de las Nieves University Hospital, Granada, Spain, 3 PA-HELP “Physical Activity for HEaLth Promotion” Research Group. Department of Physiotherapy, University of Granada, Granada, Spain, 4 Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, Vancouver, Canada, 5 Department of Family Practice, The University of British Columbia, Canada, 6 Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada, 7 Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Canada, 8 Department of Physical Therapy, The University of British Columbia, Canada, 9 Department of Medicine, The University of British Columbia, Canada, 10 School of Psychology, The University of Adelaide, Australia
Added July 2019

Effects of adjustable dynamic bedroom lighting in a maternity ward

Author(s): Canazei, M., Pohl, W., Weninger, J., Bliem, H., Weiss, E. M., Koch, C., Berger, A., Firulovic, B., Marth, C.
This study considered the impact of dynamic vs. static lighting color and intensity on mothers who had scheduled C-section deliveries of healthy babies in a single Austrian maternity clinic.
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Added July 2019

Finding your way home: A systematic investigation of shadowboxes on room recognition in memory care.

Author(s): Ilem, A. A., Feliciano, L.
Added August 2018

Diagnostic Post-Occupancy Evaluation of the Landscape Environments in a Primary Care Clinic: Environmental and Social Performances

Author(s): Jiang, S., Staloch, K., Kaljevic, S.
Healthcare facilities around the world are increasingly employing evidence-based designs like therapeutic gardens to more positively affect the lives of patients as well as the general state of the natural environment itself.
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Added December 2018

Soundscape design for management of behavioral disorders: A pilot study among nursing home residents with dementia

Author(s): Devos, P., Aletta, F., Vander Mynsbrugge, T., Thomas, P., Filipan, K., Petrovic, M., De Vriendt, P., Van de Velde, D., Botteldooren, D.
Added August 2019

Road to Recovery: Person-Centered Design BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Trempealeau County Health Care Center

Author(s): Kimball, David
Added July 2020

Seasonal variation of window opening behaviors in two naturally ventilated hospital wards

Author(s): Shi, Z., Qian, H., Zheng, X., Lv, Z., Li, Y., Liu, L., Nielsen, P. V.
Natural ventilation is important in controlling indoor air temperature and quality. According to the authors, airborne infections can be reduced in hospitals among patients and staff when natural cross ventilation is used.
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Added December 2017

Acoustic environments of patient room in a typical geriatric ward

Author(s): Jerlehag, C., Lee, P. J., Park, S. H., Jones, T., Carroll, N.
Previous studies have thoroughly demonstrated the harmful effects of background noise within healthcare environments; one study found that high levels of background noise disrupted patient sleep cycles, while even higher levels of noise led to elevated heart rates among nurses.
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Added January 2018

The Impact of Operating Room Layout on Circulating Nurse’s Work Patterns and Flow Disruptions: A Behavioral Mapping Study

Author(s): Bayramzadeh, S., Joseph, A., San, D., Khoshkenar, Amin, Taaffe, K., Jafarifiroozabadi, R., Neyens, D. M.
While there are studies focused on the effect that architectural layout, space planning, and adjacencies have on workflow patterns at the unit level, there are few studies at the micro level of individual procedure rooms or surgical suites. The layout of the OR and the placement of equipment may contribute to extraneous and unnecessary movement or create barriers to safety and efficiency, resulting in surgical workflow disruption (SFDs).
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Added February 2018

The Role of Environmental Design in Cancer Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Survivorship: A Systematic Literature Review

Author(s): Gharaveis, A., Kazem-Zadeh, M.
Approximately 1.6 million new cancer cases are diagnosed annually in the United States. New techniques for treating cancer are constantly being developed, with many healthcare professionals and designers turning towards more patient-centered services and designs to achieve better patient outcomes.
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Added February 2018

Behavioral Mapping of Patient Activity to Explore the Built Environment During Rehabilitation

Author(s): Blennerhassett, J. M., Borschmann, K. N., Lipson-Smith, R. A., Bernhardt, J.
Added April 2018

The Seniors' Outdoor Survey (SOS Tool): A Proposed Weighting and Scoring Framework to Assess Outdoor Environments in Residential Care Settings

Author(s): Bardenhagen, E., Rodiek, S., Nejati, A., Lee, C.
As the numbers of elderly patients seeking professional care increase demands on many different healthcare facilities, healthcare professionals continue to pursue advances in both pharmacological and non-pharmacological tools to help improve patient recovery and overall quality of life. Access to outdoor spaces, especially within medical care contexts, has been shown to promote considerable improvements in patient recovery and overall experience. In the case of elderly patient populations who may be living or seeking extended treatment within healthcare environments, consideration of patient preferences and intended uses of such outdoor spaces is of high importance.
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Added April 2018

Can a Virtual Nature Experience Reduce Anxiety and Agitation in People With Dementia?

Author(s): Reynolds, L., Rodiek, S., Lininger, M., McCulley, A.
By 2050, the numbers of individuals in the United States with dementia is projected to be 16 million, with a current cost of care at $259 billion. The majority of individuals with dementia experience stressful emotions of agitation and anxiety, along with associated behaviors, that are challenging for their caregivers.
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Added April 2018