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Special Issue "Improving Patient and Staff Safety through Evidence-Based Healthcare Design"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Anjali Joseph
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Guest Editor
Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing, School of Architecture, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
Interests: patient safety; evidence-based design; healthcare architecture; operating room design; simulation
Dr. Ellen Taylor
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Assistant Guest Editor
The Center for Health Design, 1850 Gateway Blvd # 1083, Concord, CA 94520, USA
Interests: patient safety; evidence-based design; healthcare architecture; falls, safety risk assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In 2000, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report “To Err is Human” shocked the world by highlighting the significant number of adverse events resulting in patient harm, injuries, and deaths in the US healthcare system. The IOM report emphasized that these events were often preventable, resulting not from the actions of individuals but as the result of faulty and poorly designed systems. A call to action was issued to improve patient safety through system design.

Twenty years later—where are we? The built environment is a critical component of system design for healthcare delivery, and in the early 2000s, the term evidence-based design (EBD) appeared. EBD is defined as the process of basing decisions about the built environment on credible evidence, with the goal of improving healthcare outcomes. Researchers in EBD focus on the role of facility design in improving patient and staff outcomes, including through safety, and the status of healthcare-associated infections, patient falls, medical errors, staff burnout, injuries, etc. Research on safety in EBD has evolved over 20 years, incorporating theories and methods from other fields including environmental psychology, human factors, and systems engineering. For this Special Issue, we invite theoretical, methodological, and empirical papers focused on improving patient and staff safety through the design of built environments.

Prof. Anjali Joseph
Dr. Ellen Taylor
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • patient safety
  • staff safety
  • healthcare facility design
  • hospitals
  • evidence-based design
  • architecture
  • health systems
  • simulation
  • post-occupancy evaluation
  • teamwork

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DEEP SCOPE: A Framework for Safe Healthcare Design
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(15), 7780; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18157780 - 22 Jul 2021
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Thinking in patient safety has evolved over time from more simplistic accident causation models to more robust frameworks of work system design. Throughout this evolution, less consideration has been given to the role of the built environment in supporting safety. The aim of [...] Read more.
Thinking in patient safety has evolved over time from more simplistic accident causation models to more robust frameworks of work system design. Throughout this evolution, less consideration has been given to the role of the built environment in supporting safety. The aim of this paper is to theoretically explore how we think about harm as a systems problem by mitigating the risk of adverse events through proactive healthcare facility design. We review the evolution of thinking in safety as a safety science. Using falls as a case study topic, we use a previously published model (SCOPE: Safety as Complexity of the Organization, People, and Environment) to develop an expanded framework. The resulting theoretical model and matrix, DEEP SCOPE (DEsigning with Ergonomic Principles), provide a way to synthesize design interventions into a systems-based model for healthcare facility design using human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) design principles. The DEEP SCOPE matrix is proposed to highlight the design of safe healthcare facilities as an ergonomic problem of design that fits the environment to the user by understanding built environments that support the “human” factor. Full article
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