25 May 2009

Online resources on design and environment

Investing in hospitals of the future
World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe: 2009
Despite considerable investments in health facilities worldwide, little systematic evidence is available on how to plan, design and build new facilities that maximize health gain and ensure that services are responsive to the legitimate expectations of users. This book brings together current knowledge about key dimensions of capital investment in the health sector. A number of issues are examined, including new models of long-term care, capacity planning, the impact of capital investment on the health care workforce, markets and competition, systems used for procurement and financing, the whole lifecycle of health facilities, facility management, the wider impact of capital investment on the local community and economy, how care models can be translated into capital asset solutions, and issues of therapeutic and sustainable design. > read full text

Using Evidence-Based Environmental Design to Enhance Safety and Quality
Institute for Healthcare Improvement: 2009
Increasing evidence indicates a correlation between the physical environment in which patients receive their care and the safety and quality of that care, as well as the patient’s perception of that care. Similarly, there is a growing understanding of the connection between the environments in which people work and job satisfaction and stress. > read full text

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