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).
Interests: patient safety; evidence-based design; healthcare architecture; operating room design; simulation
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
Manuscript Submission Information
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- patient safety
- staff safety
- healthcare facility design
- evidence-based design
- health systems
- post-occupancy evaluation