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Healing Architecture

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Improving clinical outcome with care-centred workplaces

A healing environment is desirable for patients and for caregivers alike. One element is the physical space in which healing is practiced1: an advanced workplace design in terms of healing environment offers for example, hidden medical technology, a pleasant room design with colour concepts, appropriate lighting, a good acoustic environment, as well as well-planned floor layouts and work settings. All these modifications are associated with improved healthcare outcomes2.

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Staff Satisfaction by designing care-centred workplaces

Evidence-based design (EBD) uses information from research to optimize surgery and patient rooms, e.g. regarding lighting, noise, infection prevention, etc. Therefore, EBD in hospitals could significantly improve outcomes and make patient and staff environments healthier3. Healthcare workers have a central role in patient care and thus are key in providing input on facility projects.

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Healing Design and its influence

Healthcare design could not only impact patient safety and outcomes, but also staff satisfaction and financial outcome4. Our Infographic summarizes the multimodal influences of healthcare design.

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Case Studies

Workplace Design at Nottingham Hospital, UK

Simply Good Light – Hospital Aachen, Germany

Infection Prevention – Hospital Magdeburg, Germany

Streamlined clinical workflow – Sunderby Hospital, Sweden

Our Workplace Examples

Get an overview about innovative planning examples which have already been implemented at hospitals.

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Medical Pendants & Infrastructure Design

References

1 Sakallaris et al., Optimal Healing Environments. Global Adv Health Med. 2015;4(3):40-45.
2 Ulrich et al., A review of the research literature on evidence-based healthcare design. HERD. 2008 Spring;1(3):61-125.
3 O'Callaghan N, Dee A, Philip RK. Evidence-based design for neonatal units: a systematic review. Matern Health Neonatol Perinatol. 2019;5:6.
4 Huisman et al., Healing environment: A review of the impact of physical environmental factors on users. Building and Environment 58 (2012) 70-80.

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