When a healthcare organization is potentially committing millions of dollars to a capital improvement project, it's critical to ensure that the design conforms to best practices and is likely to achieve the intended results. It's equally important to be able to measure the effect of the new facility according to specific metrics to ensure those results are being achieved. But reviewing the published Evidence-Based Design (EBD) literature for every issue or design decision may not be the best use of your time.
This course offers practical advice and guidance about how project participants can conduct their own research on a timeline and budget appropriate to a project schedule. It lays out a practical approach to conducting small-scale, relatively rapid empirical research studies targeting a specific project, in contrast to relying exclusively on the published EBD research literature.
This course is particularly relevant because most hospitals and healthcare facilities have a major design project underway, or are about to begin one. The various stakeholders in the planning and design process must understand evidence-based design and how they can conduct practice-based research that complements the published EBD research literature and provides insights and evidence for their own specific project.
KEY COURSE TAKEAWAYS
Identify specific design features—both in existing environments and those being proposed for a new project—for which there is a strong rationale for doing some short-term, project-specific empirical research
Formulate testable hypotheses that link design features to desirable outcomes and benefits
Conduct relatively quick and inexpensive on-site research studies
Better understand and interpret published research findings
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 of benefit to hospital administrators and leaders (committee members, chiefs of medicine, directors of nursing, etc.), as well as to architects, engineers and others, involved in the design of hospitals and healthcare facilities. This course will give practitioners the tools they need to become more intelligent consumers of EBD research. They will also be able to conduct targeted, project-based studies.
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