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Field Observations into the Environmental Soul: Spatial Configuration and Social Life for People Experiencing Dementia

Author(s): Ferdous, F., Moore, K. D.
Long-term care facilities (LTCFs) serving people with dementia are often designed with visiting family members or friends in mind rather than the needs of the patients themselves. The authors suggest that architectural designs within LTCFs should be considered from the perspective of the patients occupying these environments.
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Added June 2017

Designing Clinical Space for the Delivery of Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care

Author(s): Gunn, Rose, Davis, Melinda M., Hall, Jennifer, Heintzman, John, Muench, John, Smeds, Brianna, Miller, Benjamin F., Miller, William L., Gilchrist, Emma, Levey, Shandra Brown, Brown, Jacqueline, Romero, Pam Wise, Cohen, Deborah J.
Added August 2016

Network of Spaces and Interaction-Related Behaviors in Adult Intensive Care Units

Author(s): Rashid, M., Boyle, D. K., Crosser, M.
Using three spatial network measures of “space syntax”, this correlational study describes four interaction-related behaviors among three groups of users in relation to visibility and accessibility of spaces in four adult intensive care units (ICUs) of different size, geometry, and specialty. Systematic field observations of interaction-related behaviors show significant differences in spatial distribution of interaction-related behaviors in the ICUs.
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Added November 2015

Non-Pharmacological Interventions in Long-term Care: Feasibility and Recent Trends

Author(s): Fitzsimmons, S., Barba, B., Stump, M. & Bonner, E.
This article discusses the use of non-pharmacological interventions as part of an effort to minimize the negative effects of antipsychotic drug use on patients with cognitive impairment or perceived behavioral issues. Aspects of the built environment were included.
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Added January 2016

COMMUNI-CARE: Assessment Tool for Reactions and Behaviors of Patients with Dementia in a Multisensory Stimulation Environment

Author(s): Lopez, J. J. B., Martorell, J., & Bolivar, J. C. C.
Snoezelen translated into Dutch means “smell, feel and snooze/relax.” Snoezelen is either a room or room enhancements that provide a multisensory experience. They were created to reduce the unpleasant effects of sensory deprivation in patients with learning disabilities. Today they are used on patients with a variety of psychological and behavorial symptoms.
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Added January 2016

Delusions and Underlying Needs in Older Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease

Author(s): Wang, J., Cheng, W., Lai, P., & Pai, M.
The purpose of this study was to understand the influences of earlier life experiences and the current environment on delusions, as well as the underlying needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) experiencing delusions.
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Added January 2016

Is It the Place or the People? Disentangling the Effects of Hospitals’ Physical and Social Environments on Well-Being

Author(s): Andrade, C. C., Lima, M. L., Devlin, A. S., Hernández, B.
The authors allude to evidence regarding the role of the physical environment in healthcare settings on patient well-being. They also refer to literature that indicates the relevance of positive relationships with healthcare providers as crucial to patient well-being.
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Added October 2015

Emergency medical equipment storage: Benefits of visual cues tested in field and simulated settings

Author(s): Grundgeiger, T., Harris, B., Ford, N., Abbey, M., Sanderson, P. M., Venkatesh, B.
Ready availability and easy accessibility of equipment and supplies are important in intensive care units (ICUs) to be prepared for emergent situations. Bedside drawers are where all emergency items are stored for imminent use.
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Added November 2014

The associations between objectively-determined and self-reported urban form characteristics and neighborhood-based walking in adults

Author(s): Jack, E., McCormack, G. R.
Added August 2016

Effects of surface material, ventilation, and human behavior on indirect contact transmission risk of respiratory infection

Author(s): Sze‐To, G. N., Yang, Y., Kwan, J. K. C., Yu, S. C. T., Chao, C. Y. H.
Added April 2020

Tailored lighting intervention improves measures of sleep, depression, and agitation in persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia living in long-term care facilities

Author(s): Figueiro, M. G., Plitnick, B. A., Lok, A., Jones, G. E., Higgins, P., Hornick, T. R., Rea, M. S.
In 2010, an estimated 5.1 million elderly Americans were affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia (ADRD). Individuals with ADRD are often transferred into controlled environments due to common behavioral symptoms such as nocturnal wandering, disturbed sleep-wake patterns, agitation, and verbal or physical abuse.
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Added March 2015

Managing Elders’ Wandering Behavior Using Sensors-based Solutions: A Survey

Author(s): Lin, Q., Zhang, D., Chen, L., Ni, H., Zhou, X.
Added November 2014

Accuracy of a radiofrequency identification (RFID) badge system to monitor hand hygiene behavior during routine clinical activities

Author(s): Pineles, L. L., Morgan, D. J., Limper, H. M., Weber, S. G., Thom, K. A., Perencevich, E. N., Harris, A. D., Landon, E.
Added November 2014

Wayfinding in Healthcare Facilities: Contributions from Environmental Psychology

Author(s): Devlin, A. S.
Added November 2014

Experimental analysis of the transport of airborne contaminants between adjacent rooms at different pressure due to the door opening

Author(s): Fontana, L., Quintino, A.
Creating pressurization and depressurization spaces in hospitals is practiced to control airborne contamination. The authors indicate that the literature suggests that turbulence created by the opening and closing of doors between spaces of different pressure allows for the difference in pressure to be overcome and consequently for the transfer of contaminated air into the clean area.
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Added May 2015

Using Lean-Based Systems Engineering to Increase Capacity in the Emergency Department

Author(s): White, B., Chang, Y., Grabowski, B., Brown, D.
Emergency department (ED) crowding is a widespread issue that causes a multitude of negative effects on patient care quality, safety, and efficiency. Lean-based systems engineering, which is often used for industrial manufacturing, is a method for eliminating all forms of waste (including wasted time and other resources) to optimize productivity. Recent studies have begun to demonstrate the use of systems engineering and improvement science on streamlining processes and improving throughput in different medical capacities, but an opportunity remains to refine the application of these tools within EDs in particular.
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Added December 2015

Analysis of the soundscape in an intensive care unit based on the annotation of an audio recording

Author(s): Park, M., Kohlrausch, A., de Bruijn, W., de Jager, P., Simons, K.
Patients receiving treatment in intensive care units (ICUs) are often subjected to elevated noise levels that can complicate recovery by disturbing sleep patterns and causing stress, anxiety, and changes in cardiovascular response. Although previous research has thoroughly analyzed the various sources of noise in ICUs, the authors of this study believe that inadequate recording and sound analysis techniques, as well as the presence of human observers collecting data, have restricted the depth of previous findings.
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Added November 2014

The Impact of Windows and Daylight on Acute-Care Nurses' Physiological, Psychological, and Behavioral Health

Author(s): Zadeh, R. S., Shepley, M. M., Williams, G., Chung, S. S..
Added December 2014

Comparison between mixed and laminar airflow systems in operating rooms and the influence of human factors: Experiences from a Swedish orthopedic center

Author(s): Erichsen Andersson, A., Petzold, M., Bergh, I., Karlsson, J., Eriksson, B. I., Nilsson, K.
Added May 2016

Building spatial layout that supports healthier behavior of office workers: a new performance mandate for sustainable buildings

Author(s): Hua, Y., Yang, E.
Added May 2016