Design Details for Health: Making the Most of Design's Healing Potential

Design Details for Health: Making the Most of Design's Healing Potential

Design Details for Health: Making the Most of Design's Healing Potential

Design Details for Health: Making the Most of Design's Healing Potential

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Praise for Design Details for Health

"Cynthia Leibrock and Debra Harris have developed a vitally important reference. They draw upon and compile a rich source of evidence that supports the application of specific research-based details for particular health-related settings."-From the Foreword by Dr. Wayne Ruga, AIA, FIIDA, Hon. FASID

The revised edition on implementing design details to improve today's health care facilities-an inspiring, comprehensive guide

In this significantly revised second edition, Cynthia Leibrock and Debra Harris offer up-to-date information on design details that can improve patient outcomes and user experience by returning authority to the patient, along with fascinating case studies and research demonstrating the positive role design can play in reducing health care costs. Design Details for Health, Second Edition offers contemporary examples showing how design can improve patient comfort and independence, and demonstrates how to design highly functional health care facilities that operate at peak performance. The book addresses a range of health care facility types including hospitals, ambulatory care, wellness centers, subacute care and rehabilitation, adult day care and respite, assisted living, hospice, dementia care, and aging in place. This Second Edition includes:

  • The latest research, which was only anecdotal in nature as recently as a decade ago, illustrating how design through evidence produces measurable outcomes

  • Real-world case studies of a range of excellent health care facilities that have been designed and built in the twenty-first century

  • Updated contributions with leading practitioners, researchers, and providers conveying how design has a positive impact on health care delivery

When design empowers rather than disables, everybody wins. Sensitive to the needs of both patients and providers, Design Details for Health, Second Edition is essential reading for today's architects, interior designers, facility managers, and health care professionals.

Excerpt

The physical environment is made up from two basic elements: the natural environment and the built environment. We can thank Mother Nature for providing us with such a remarkably functional and supportive natural environment. Interestingly, much of the built environment is the consequence of specific decisions that design professionals have made on our behalf. How do they know what is really best for us? What research can be drawn upon to support the decisions that designers make, to increase the likelihood that their built solutions will be both functional and supportive?

Fortunately, Cynthia Leibrock and Debra Harris have developed a vitally important reference that provides practical answers to these questions: the second edition of Design Details for Health. Here, they draw upon and compile a rich source of evidence that supports the application of specific research-based details for particular health-related settings. In this regard, it is instructive to note that the actual purpose of applying these design details is all in the service of improving health through a knowledge-based decisionmaking process that transcends the boundaries of mainstream “health care.” This distinction is a subtle but crucial one, since many of these applications do also, coincidently, support clinical and/or organizational improvements within the healthcare setting.

It must be stated that this book represents a quantum leap into the future, and the authors are to be applauded for their invaluable contribution to mainstream practice, both the broad practice of design professionals as well as the practice of all health-related practitioners. Eleven years ago, when I wrote the foreword for the first edition, evidence-based design was in its infanthood. Between then and now, the awareness and utilization of evidence-based design has snowballed as an extension of two foundational precedents: the supportive work of both the Environment–Behavior (E-B) . . .

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