Evidence Based Design: A Game-Changer in Healthcare Design
Using evidence, statistics, and science to justify employment and business decisions and certain medical and behavioral treatments isn’t a new thing. In fact, you’d have a tough time finding an area of life where statistics or some sort of science isn’t used to inform your decision making process. Even social media sites like Facebook use a series of numbers and analytics to determine which content you want to appear on your newsfeed. For designers, science is influencing the way we design healthcare spaces to help improve overall efficiency and patient satisfaction. Evidence-based design describes a field of study that combines qualitative and quantitative measures to smartly design a space that maximizes efficiency.
The first experiment in evidence-based healthcare design occurred in the 1980’s when someone wondered if a patient’s access to a nice outdoor view affected their healing. Using two groups, where one group had access to a window and the other group did not, the data showed that the patients who had a view healed faster, used less pain medicine, and had a shorter length of stay when compared to the group who didn’t have a window. Since that first experiment, the industry has grown from curiosity to a detailed field of study that measures and tracks outcomes ranging from the design of the building to the material used on doorknobs.
At NELSON, we use evidence-based healthcare design to solve problems for our clients. Using our targeted approach and process, we work with our healthcare clients to uncover outcomes. Our design choices and final solutions improve both patient healing, satisfaction, and staff retention. No data stone goes unturned! Information we gather from one project is used to help inform new projects. Our database of information is creating a better, more pleasant, and more healing experience for the patients in the facilities we design.
You can learn more about our health and wellness practice and related projects here.
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