Medical Construction & Design

MAR-APR 2018

Medical Construction & Design (MCD) is the industry's leading source for news and information and reaches all disciplines involved in the healthcare construction and design process.

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30 Medical Construction & Design | M A RCH /A PR IL 2018 | MCDM AG.COM A tremendous amount of research in facility design and care implementation has been provided in the fi eld of healthcare in the last two decades. Hospital administration, de- velopers and designers often sift through copious white papers to understand what is still considered best practices and what features translate to the most impact for dollar value. Evidence-Based Design and sustain- able design are research-based practices proven to deliver positive outcomes in patient well-being; so too has the concept of family centered care delivery been dem- onstrated to be successful. By employing these concepts in the built environment, designers and healthcare leadership can move toward the new model for enhanced family care, or cooperative care, that sup- ports a community-based partnership to ultimately lead to a healthier and better- informed population. Characteristics of design for family focused care strategies begin at the street level, continue in the corridors and are present in every room. How a facility engages within the community, and how the community understands and accesses the facility, can shift trends in health for generations. Studying environmental factors Stress, a common side eff ect of doctor and hospital visits, aff ects both patients and their families. The source of the stress can somewhat be attributed to the built environment, stemming from poor acoustics, confusing circulation and uncomfortable waiting areas, as well as lack of information or compromised time with healthcare providers. These environmental factors have been identifi ed and studied extensively with solutions proposed that can be incorporated into building design. Poor wayfi nding, a common source of confusion for both patients and family, can result in late arrival to appointments, Taking the next step with enhanced family care delivery BY JENNIFER HOSKINS COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

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