HDR Releases New Publication on Evidence-Based Design

Sept. 2, 2009

HDR Architecture Inc. now offers a new book that explores the use of evidence-based design concepts in the planning, programming and design of health care facilities. Titled Evidence-Based Design for Healthcare Facilities, the book begins with a review of available evidence-based practices, evidence-based medicine, and evidence-based design in health care, and ends with a preview of future technology and advancements.

The book is edited by Cyndi McCullough, RN, MSN, director of clinical services for HDR, and includes contributions from members of HDR’s Healthcare Consulting Group as well as HDR health care clients. The book is published by Sigma Theta Tau International. Proceeds from book sales are used for nursing education and research programs of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

“An important aspect of the book is the discussion on the development of evidence-based design on private and safe environments for patients and caregivers,” says McCullough. “Our intent was to give readers the necessary knowledge, tools, and strategies to incorporate evidence-based design concepts into any design project—from the largest new health care facility construction to the smallest departmental renovation. This book contains information about those things that are essential to the thoughtful design of innovative health care environments that empower our clients to heal, care, and work better.”

Chapters featured in the book include:

  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Design
  • Aesthetics and New Product Development
  • Healing Environments       
  • Family-Centered Care 
  • Benchmarking
  • Efficiency
  • Sustainability
  • Transitions
  • Preparing for the Future

In her foreword to the book, Debra Levin, EDAC, president and chief executive officer for The Center for Health Design, writes that, “The authors’ use of case studies, diagrams, and photos of completed projects to support concepts allows the reader to study and gain insight into a topic from a range of perspectives, regardless of one’s previous level of knowledge. Whether you are called upon as a nurse leader to participate in the planning and design process of a facility remodel or an entirely new hospital, or you are looking for a deeper understanding of the relationship between the built environment and quality of care, this is a must-have primer for your bookshelves that you will reference again and again.”

Evidence-Based Design for Healthcare Facilities is available in both print and electronic formats. For more information or to purchase, visit www.nursingknowledge.org or www.hdrinc.com.

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