Nearly every major regional healthcare facility in the United States is in the midst of or planning a capital improvement project. How can you be sure that such projects in your organization incorporate best practices and achieve their intended goals? The answer is to look at the evidence: what are the approaches that other healthcare facilities undertaking similar projects have used that have worked?
This course explores the use of Evidence-Based Design (EBD) to guide the planning, design and management of healthcare facilities and systems. After this course you will be a more intelligent and discerning consumers of research evidence and related information, and be more a productive participant in the planning and design process. You'll learn the key steps in the planning and design process with a focus on how the facility affects quality of care and the experience of patients and care-giving staff. Case studies illustrate design approaches that lend themselves to patient-centered care and that lead to greater operational efficiency and effectiveness. A course project provides students with the opportunity to apply what they're learning to the creation of an outline of a facility plan for their own organization.
KEY COURSE TAKEAWAYS
Interpret evidence to determine effectiveness of healthcare design
Participate in planning and design projects effectively as an informed consumer
Ask informed questions and lead the team to make better decisions
Recommend ways to use scarce resources available for renovation and design projects to the best advantage
Professor Emeritus, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University
Academic Expertise My area of expertise is organizational ecology; that is, I study the way in which the planning, design, and management of complex facilities such as hospitals and large corporations and R&D units affect how individuals, teams, and organizations function.
Current Professional Activities Professor Becker is a founding editor of the Journal of Corporate Real Estate and the Journal of Facilities Management, and is on the Advisory Board of the Health Environments Research and Design Journal and the California Healthcare Foundation. He is the Co-Chair of the Research Coaliton of the Center for Health Design, Professor Becker is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a member of the International Facility Management Association.
Current Research Activities Professor Becker’s research focuses on health and design. Specifically, he is involved with studies examining the influence of nursing unit design on communication and interaction patterns among multi-disciplinary clinical teams; and the effects of such communication on informal learning, job stress and quality of care.
Education PhD 1972 – University of California, Davis Social and Environmental Psychology BA 1968 – University of California, Davis Psychology
This course is intended for those involved in the conceptual planning of capital improvement projects in the healthcare environment, including hospital administrators, chiefs of medicine, chiefs of nursing, architects and facilities planners.
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