EDRA Special Report: Development of Tools for Healthcare Environments Research and Practice

A growing body of research has shown that the design of the healthcare built environment contributes to a safe and healing environment for patients and a nurturing, positive environment for staff, as well as helping achieve organizational and business objectives. An evidence-based design process involves using the best available research to inform design decisions and then conducting research to evaluate the effectiveness of design interventions. While this field has been growing over the last decade, current challenges to growth and development include the lack of standard metrics and measurement tools for measuring environmental as well as outcome variables. 

 

The Environmental Design Research Association and HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering, and planning firm, are pleased to present a new compendium of research papers resulting from the 2012 research colloquium held during EDRA’s 43rd Annual International Conference. The purpose of this event was to bring together a community of researchers who have been involved in developing various tools to measure both environmental variables as well as outcomes. “Development of Tools for Healthcare Environments Research and Practice” is a collection of ten short essays that were published by session contributors examining tools and metrics developed in healthcare environments as well as other types of settings that may be relevant in healthcare environments research.

 

The session included:

  • Presentation of a framework and glossary of healthcare environments terms and measures developed by the Center for Health Design.
  • Presentations by researchers on existing tools, or tools under development, that could be relevant to research on healthcare environments.
  • Discussion on key considerations for development of reliable tools and metrics for Evidence-Based Design research.
  • Discussion on how tools that are developed could be made available to the industry to advance the incorporation of research in practice, and how questions raised in practice could be the impetus of academic endeavors in developing tools and metrics.

This publication is free for EDRA members and $25 for non-members. Click here to purchase. 

     

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