The May/June issue of Medical Construction & Design features an article from Jocelyn Stroupe titled “Evidence-Based Design Driven,” that discusses the impact of design research on the healthcare environment with the goal of promoting healing and leading to successful patient outcomes. Additionally, the article highlights the important role interiors play in the productivity and functionality of healthcare professionals.
Jocelyn focuses on three key strategies to consider when integrating evidence-based design (EBD) into healthcare spaces:
- “Don’t ignore past weaknesses” — Organizations can’t be afraid to look backwards at weaknesses, as this data can be instrumental in positive change and progress moving forward.
- “Engage.Engage. Engage.” — The answers that health organizations need can only be surfaced by continual engagement of end users; therefore, organizations must commit to extensive engagement efforts throughout the design process and beyond.
- “Never generalize patient groups” — All data is not the same, meaning health organizations need to take the time to understand the specific challenges and realities that their patients face.
Some of CannonDesign’s key healthcare projects were also featured, including Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center, St. Louis Children’s Specialty Care Center, and UCSD Health Jacobs Medical Center.