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Implementation of Dynamic Lighting in a Nursing Home: Impact on Agitation but not on Rest-Activity Patterns

Author(s): Wahnschaffe, A., Nowozin, C., Haedel, S., Rath, A., Appelhof, S., Münch, M., Kunz, D.
A common issue within different subtypes of dementia is nighttime agitation, which often manifests as confusion, aggressive behavior, aimless movement, and general disruption of sleep cycles. Nighttime agitation is the most common cause for nursing home admission, and many medical treatments for the condition only target specific symptoms, sometimes resulting in unwanted side effects for patients.
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Added November 2017

Clinic Design as Placebo-Using Design to Promote Healing and Support Treatments

Author(s): Rehn, J., Schuster, K.
In this study the authors propose that not unlike a medical placebo effect, the built environment can impact individual judgments and behavior, especially in healthcare environment. The authors refer to this as a design placebo effect.
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Added December 2017

A Diagnostic Post-Occupancy Evaluation of the Nacadia® Therapy Garden

Author(s): Sidenius, U., Karlsson Nyed, P., Lygum, V. L., Stigsdotter, U. K.
The Nacadia® therapy garden was built based on the evidence-based health design in landscape architecture (EBHDL) model developed by the University of Copenhagen.
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Added December 2017

Building Situation Awareness on the Move: Staff Monitoring Behavior in Clinic Corridors

Author(s): González-Martínez, E., Bangerter, A., Lê Van, K.
Hospital staff members are responsible for remaining continuously aware of a care unit’s functioning while simultaneously performing individualized tasks in a deeply interconnected and unpredictable environment.
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Added December 2017

Developing an evidence base of best practices for integrating computerized systems into the exam room: A systematic review.

Author(s): Patel, M. R., Vichich, J., Lang, I., Lin, J., Zheng, Kai
The use of electronic health records (EHR) is increasing at medical facilities across the US. Computerized systems provide a better infrastructure for healthcare delivery.
Key Point Summary
Added December 2017

Alert Workplace From Healthcare Workers’ Perspective: Behavioral and Environmental Strategies to Improve Vigilance and Alertness in Healthcare Settings

Author(s): Zadeh, R. S., Shepley, M., Sadatsafavi, H., Owora, A. H., Krieger, A. C.
Added February 2018

Using Lean to Rapidly and Sustainably Transform a Behavioral Health Crisis Program: Impact on Throughput and Safety

Author(s): Balfour, M. E., Tanner, K., Jurica, P. J., Llewellyn, D., Williamson, R. G., Carson, C. A.
Added August 2018

The influence of spatial configuration on the frequency of use of hand sanitizing stations in health care environments

Author(s): Neo, J. R. J., Zadeh, R.
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) affect over 1.7 million people each year, and subsequently cost the U.S. economy approximately $8.2 billion each year. Hand hygiene compliance (HHC), which involves washing hands thoroughly with alcohol-based rubs or soap and water, is widely regarded as a major prevention measure against the transmission of pathogens that cause HAIs.
Key Point Summary
Added December 2018

Separate Medication Preparation Rooms Reduce Interruptions and Medication Errors in the Hospital Setting: A Prospective Observational Study

Author(s): Huckels-Baumgart, S., Baumgart, A., Buschmann, U., Schüpfer, G., Manser, T.
Errors and interruptions are commonplace during medication preparation procedures in healthcare environments. One study found that one interruption occurred for every 3.2 drugs administered during nurses’ medication rounds.
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Added December 2016

Mental and Behavioral Health Environments: Measurement of Building Performance

Author(s): Shepley, M. M., Watson, A., Pitts, F., Garrity, A., Spelman, E., Fronsman, A., Kelkar, J.
Added April 2017

A study of human behavior simulation in architectural design for healthcare facilities

Author(s): Schaumann, D., Pilosof, N. P., Date, K., Kalay, Y. E.
Added April 2018

Improving Pediatric Radiography Patient Stress, Mood, and Parental Satisfaction Through Positive Environmental Distractions: A Randomized Control Trial

Author(s): Quan, X., Joseph, A., Nanda, U., Moyano-Smith, O., Kanakri, S., Ancheta, C, Loveless, E. A.
To evaluate how a positive environmental distraction intervention impacted pediatric radiography patient behavioral stress-responses, mood states, and parental satisfaction.
Key Point Summary
Added September 2015

Can Hospital Form Trigger Fear Response?

Author(s): Pati, D., O’Boyle, M., Hou, J., Nanda, U., Ghamari, H.
Added April 2016

The Effects of Spatial Enclosure on Social Interaction Between Older Adults With Dementia and Young Children

Author(s): Cerruti, M. S., Shepley, M. M.
Added April 2016

Nature Contacts: Employee Wellness in Healthcare

Author(s): Trau, D., Keenan, K. A., Goforth, M., Large, V.
Added April 2016

Does Space Matter? An Exploratory Study for a Child-Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit

Author(s): Trzpuc, S. J., Wendt, K. A., Heitzman, S. C., Skemp, S., Thomas, D., Dahl, R.
Added June 2016

Design to improve visibility: Impact of corridor width and unit shape

Author(s): Hadi, K., Zimring, C.
Added June 2016

Healthcare Staffs’ Experiences and Perceptions of Caring for People with Dementia in the Acute Setting: Qualitative Evidence Synthesis

Author(s): Houghton, C., Murphy, K., Brooker, D., Casey, D.
Dementia is an international health issue that greatly impacts healthcare delivery systems. Individuals with dementia have specific needs when it comes to healthcare, and it seems that, generally, acute care environments aren’t suitable for these individuals. Considering how previous studies have shown that as much as a quarter of individuals utilizing acute hospital services are likely to have dementia, the authors posit that there needs to be a shift in ethos, organization, and environment in which more appropriate care is provided to patients with dementia in acute care settings.
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Added June 2016

Impact of a Comprehensive Workplace Hand Hygiene Program on Employer Health Care Insurance Claims and Costs, Absenteeism, and Employee Perceptions and Practices:

Author(s): Arbogast, J. W., Moore-Schiltz, L., Jarvis, W. R., Harpster-Hagen, A., Hughes, J., Parker, A.
Added June 2016

Mental and Behavioral Health Environments: Critical Considerations for Facility Design

Author(s): Shepley, M. M., Watson, A., Pitts, F., Garrity, A., Spelman, E., Kelkar, J., Fronsman, A.
Mental and behavioral health (MBH) facilities are being built and renovated at an increasing rate, but research concerning best building practices has not kept pace with construction. Evidence-based design (EBD) involves the use of research to help multidisciplinary design teams create the most appropriate built environments.
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Added July 2016