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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

Post-Occupancy Evaluation of a Transformed Nursing Home: The First Four Green House Settings

Author(s): Cutler, L. J., Kane, R. A.
To study how well the physical environments of four Green Houses® served the residents, staff, and visitors and to develop recommendations for similar small-house nursing home projects. Longitudinal post-occupancy evaluation of four houses using mixed-methods, including behavioral mapping, checklist ratings of individual bedrooms and bathrooms, place-centered time scans, environmental tracers,...
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Added September 2014

The Role of the Physical Environment in the Hospital of the 21st Century: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

Author(s): Ulrich, R. S., Zimring, C., Quan, X., Joseph, A., Choudhary, R.
Added December 2022

Applying human factors in improving medication-use safety

Author(s): Schneider,PJ.
In this descriptive study the author summarizes the highlights of an interactive conference on human factors (HF) and t applications to improve medication safety. The author describes the various human factors concepts and tools and their applications in reducing human errors, thus improving medication safety.
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Added May 2014

The Physical Attributes of Healing Garden for A Century Old Healthcare Premises

Author(s): Ibrahim, F., Harun, W. M. W., Samad, M. H. A., Kamaruddin, W. N. W
The authors refer to previous research that examined the positive effect of gardens on the health of hospitalized patients. Two hospitals in Malaysia that were built in the late 19th century had designed gardens in the premises.
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Added February 2015

Part 1: Evidence-Based Facility Design Using Transforming Care at the Bedside Principles

Author(s): Devine, D. A., Wenger, B., Krugman, M., Zwink, J. E., Shiskowsky, K., Hagman, J., Limon, S., Sanders, C., Reeves, C.
A western academic hospital reexamined its design strategy when after three years of building a new facility they had to plan for a new facility to meet their patient capacity. Using a combination of the principles of Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB) and Evidence-Based Design (EBD), an interdisciplinary team presented design recommendations.
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Added April 2015

Individualizing hospital care for children and young people with learning disabilities: it's the little things that make the difference

Author(s): Oulton, K., Sell, D., Kerry, S., Gibson, F.
People with learning disabilities (LDs) represent one of the largest groups with a lifelong disability, reaching nearly 60 million people worldwide. In England alone, it is estimated that 1.5 million people live with an LD, 286,000 of them being children and young people ages 0-17. It has been found that those with LD have more hospital admissions and greater hospital stays than those children without.
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Added November 2016

Environment in pediatric wards: Light, sound, and temperature

Author(s): Oliveira, L., Gomes, C., Bacelar Nicolau, L., Ferreira, L., Ferreira, R.
Sleep is crucial to the well-being of humans, especially so for the recovery of those undergoing treatment or recuperating in hospitals. The authors cite studies that allude to the relevance quality of sleep has on health, neurodevelopment, generally, and to immune functioning and healing in patients.
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Added November 2017

Healing environment: A review of the impact of physical environmental factors on users

Author(s): Huisman, E. R. C. M., Morales, E., van Hoof, J., Kort, H. S. M.
According to the authors, research that examines the physical environment and its impact on the healing and well-being of human beings has been growing in the last several years. There is increasing availability of literature on evidence-based design.
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Added March 2015

Patient-centred improvements in health-care built environments: perspectives and design indicators

Author(s): Douglas, C.H., Douglas, M.R.
Added October 2012

Live Music Is Beneficial to Preterm Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Environmentt

Author(s): Arnon, S., Shapsa, A., Forman, L., Regev, R., Bauer, S., Litmanovitz, I., Dolfin, T.
Added October 2012

Medication Dispensing Errors in Community Pharmacies: A Nationwide Study

Author(s): Flynn, E. A., Dorris, N. T., Holman, G. T., Camahan, B. J., Barker, K. N
The available literature concerning medication dispensing errors provides relatively few studies that focus on community-based pharmacies, as much of the available research regarding dispensing errors has been conducted in single pharmacies that are associated with hospitals and medical centers, largely due to convenience. Although the dispensing process may be essentially the same, the validity of extending these findings to community pharmacies has yet to be tested.
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Added October 2012

The design of psychologists’ offices: a qualitative evaluation of environment-function fit

Author(s): Watkins, N. J., Anthony, K. H.
Psychologists attempt to create office environments that support their therapeutic discussions with patients.
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Added March 2014

The Influence of the Physical Environment on Residents With Dementia in Long-Term Care Settings: A Review of the Empirical Literature

Author(s): Chaudhury, H., Cooke, H. A., Cowie, H., Razaghi, L.
Several studies have shown that properly designed interior spaces have a positive effect on residents with dementia in long-term care facilities. Wayfinding and orientation can be enhanced through good planning of the facility as well as activities of daily living and autonomy.
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Added November 2017

Can flooring and underlay materials reduce hip fractures in older people?

Author(s): Minns, J.
Falls resulting in fracture of the hip in older people are a major health problem worldwide. Flooring that is slippery and unsuitable footwear are other major factors contributing to the onset of fractures in the home. Building design should incorporate measures to minimize the risk of falls.
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Added November 2014

Positive-pressure isolation and the prevention of invasive aspergillosis. What is the evidence?

Author(s): Humphreys, H.
Added October 2012

The effects of music therapy on vital signs and pulsatile oxygen saturation of pediatric intensive care unit children

Author(s): Too, C., Song, K.
Added October 2012

Specially selected music in the cardiac laboratory-an important tool for improvement of the wellbeing of patients

Author(s): Thorgaard, B., Henriksen, B.B.n., Pedersbaek, G., Thomsen, I.
Added October 2012

The Effect of a Safe Zone on Nurse Distractions, Interruptions, and Medication Administration Errors

Author(s): Yoder, M., Schadewald, D.
Added May 2016

The Effect of Environmental Design on Reducing Nursing and Medication Errors in Acute Care Settings

Author(s): Chaudhury, H.P., Mahmood, A.P.
Added October 2012