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EDRA-HOK Special Report on Tools for Healthcare Environments Research and Practice

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Research shows that the design of healthcare built environments contributes to a safe and healing experience for patients and a nurturing, positive environment for staff. Design also supports organizational and business objectives.

edrahealthcaretools2013cover640An evidence-based design process uses research to inform design decisions and includes conducting research to evaluate the effectiveness of design interventions. Though this field has been growing, challenges include the lack of metrics and measurement tools for measuring environmental and outcome variables.

HOK and the Environmental Design Research Association have compiled a collection of research papers that came out of the 2012 research colloquium held during EDRA’s 43rd Annual International Conference. This event brought together a community of researchers involved in developing tools to measure environmental variables as well as outcomes.

“Development of Tools for Healthcare Environments Research and Practice” is a collection of 10 essays published by session contributors. The essays examine tools and metrics developed in healthcare and related environments.

This publication is free for EDRA members and US$25 for non-members.