Posts tagged ‘designers’
That’s a good question. Research-based design―research about the environment―has been around for a very long time and I think thoughtful architects and designers have for many years employed research in an informal way when they’re designing spaces. I would say the best architects and designers have very good intuition as well that feeds into that. But just using research does not mandate in and of itself that you’re going to embark upon a formal process.
When we’re talking about evidence-based design, there is a formal process that one has to follow and this is outlined in the book. You start with the hypothesis, here’s what I think will be true if we design the nursing unit this way, and then, if you’re an architectural firm, one of the best things to do is find a consultant who is perhaps associated with an academic institution, a researcher, to work with you to develop this. I am vastly simplifying the process in this description but it starts with a literature review and figuring out with hospital leadership the best issues to study (more…)
I’m the first to say that a nice environment is important and who wouldn’t want to be in a nice environment versus an ugly or uncomfortable one, but I guess it’s analogous to Maslow’s’ Hierarchy of Needs. The most important thing is safety. You might have a great patient experience in a beautifully designed, harmonious environment but, if you don’t come out of it alive, does it really matter or if you get one of those serious infections that can change the course of your life forever. What is the point?