Evidence-based design involves applying credible, scientific, research-backed principles to your building or workspace design. It’s about reviewing and actioning collected data to effect real results. Particularly popular in the US – especially in hospital design – evidence-based design is growing in popularity in Australia. In this post, we consider some of the ways evidence-based design can be used to enhance your hospital and improve outcomes for patients and staff alike.
Evidence-based design can be used to improve your patients’ safety. This is done by selecting and using materials around your hospital that research has shown to be effective in achieving outcomes such as reducing the spread of infection or lowering the risk of injuries from falls.
Evidence-based design can also be used to eliminate environmental stressors. This is done by identifying environmental stressors such as noise and addressing them with your design. Noise can negatively affect patient recovery,* but you can use design to eliminate or mitigate noises and thus improve patient outcomes
There’s plenty of research around the effects of pleasant and comfortable environments on patient health outcomes.* Applying principles from this research into your design can promote patient healing and recovery.
At Premis Solutions, we have a keen interest in projects that incorporate evidence-based design and many years of experience in hospital construction, refurbishment and upgrades.
To learn more about how we can help you, contact Premis Solutions today on 1300 773 647.
*Source: Reiling, J., Hughes, R. G., & Murphey M. R. ‘The impact of facility design on patient safety’. Patient safety and quality: An evidence-based handbook for nurses.