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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.
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Added April 2018

Family members´ experiences of the end-of-life care environments in acute care settings – a photo-elicitation study

Author(s): Hajradinovic, Y., Tishelman, C., Lindqvist, O., Goliath, I>
Research demonstrates that environmental features in varied healthcare settings can impact patient and staff outcomes. Room occupancy, acoustic environment, visual contact with nature, sound and lighting, ergonomics, and the work environment design are among the features with documented impacts on staff and patient health.
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Added April 2020

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.
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Added February 2017

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

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.
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Added August 2018

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.
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Added March 2015

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.
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Added December 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.
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Added November 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.
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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