The growing movement towards evidence-based healthcare design has largely emphasised a change of culture and attitudes. It has advocated for new ways of working, but until now, it has not focused on equipping healthcare clients and their designers with the practical means to exploit the potential benefits from evidence-based architectural design.
Development of indicators and tools that aid designers and users of the built environments in thinking about quality enhances the design process to achieve better outcomes. Importantly, design tools can support managers and designers through end-user involvement and an increased understanding of what patients and staff expect from their healthcare facilities. They can facilitate the creation of patient-centred environments which improve user satisfaction.
Design Tools for Evidence-Based Healthcare Design:
Illustrated with case studies from throughout the UK and written by a well-known expert in the field, this book will provide essential reading for anyone involved in healthcare design.
'Dr Michael Phiri has succeeded in a daunting task: bringing rigour and utility to the complex world of the design tools used to plan, design, construct and evaluate the physical infrastructure of health care in the UK and beyond. This book will be an essential companion to anyone involved in developing the health estate, and who wishes to know how the available tools link to the growing evidence base on healthcare building design.' - Jonathan Erskine, Executive Director, European Health Property Network, UK
'The emergence of Evidence-Based Design marks the evolution of contemporary creative practice from the ephemeral to a discipline at the core of health systems planning. Michael Phiri provides a valuable overview of the approaches, methods and tools available to those planners and architects formulating the future healthcare estate.' - Christopher Shaw, Senior Director, Medical Architecture and Chairman of 'Architects for Health', UK
'Design Tools for Evidence-Based Health Care Design is a scholarly read that takes you on the journey of patient experience through the built environment, emphasising why the patient matters when designing a health facility.’ – Steve Batson, Director, Bowman Riley Healthcare, UK
1. Introduction. Foreword and Preface by Sunand Prasad. Acknowledgements. 2. Improving Compliance with Statutory and Other Requirements. 3. Design Quality Improvement. 4. Enhancing Efficiency and Effectiveness. 5. Achieving Sustainability in the Health Care Estate. 6. What Next in the Development of Design Tools? Acronyms. Index