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1st Edition

Environment-Behavior Studies for Healthcare Design

ISBN 9781032010762
Published November 30, 2022 by Routledge
390 Pages 166 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Environment-Behavior Studies for Healthcare Design explains how environment-behavior (EB) studies can contribute to healthcare design research and explores how evidence-based theories can be applied and integrated into the healthcare design practice.

Drawing on EB theories and the latest research in environment-behavior studies, this book shows how the healthcare environment can positively impact patients' and caregivers' well-being and healthcare organization's efficiency by modifying environmental attributes, such as space configuration, color, lighting, signage, acoustics, and artwork. It addresses a range of healthcare facilities including children's hospitals, long-term care, acute care and outpatient care facilities, and uses a range of evidence-based design research methods, such as interviews, focus groups, observations, surveys and space syntax. The author also explains how research evidence and evidence-based design can be integrated into healthcare design more cohesively in a redefined design process. This book provides a solid conceptual structure that informs a clear map for understanding the EB theories and their applications in healthcare design.

This research guide for healthcare design helps students, academics, designers and architects reconsider how to create environments that support patients’ healing and well-being whilst considering efficiency and safety.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Part 1: Environment-Behavior Studies  1. Introduction to Environment-Behavior Studies  2. Fundamental Theories in Environment-Behavior Studies  Part 2: Environment-Behavior Theories for Healthcare Design  3. Environmental Cognition Theory (Wayfinding Theory)  4. Environmental Stress Theory, Therapeutic Environment Theory, and Environmental Press Theory  5. Privacy, Personal Space, Territoriality and Crowding  6. Control Theory  7. Environmental Preference Theory  8. Environmental Perception (Gestalt Theory), Place Attachment Theory, Environmental Affordance Theory  Part 3: Integrating Research for Healthcare Design  9. Design Process for Healthcare Design  10. Research in Environment-behavior Studies for Healthcare Design  11. Research Meets Design Practice  12. Methodologies and Tools for Evaluating Design Solutions and EB Theory Development  Index

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Suining Ding, Ph.D., EDAC, NCIDQ, ASID, IDEC is a Full Professor of Interior Design at Purdue University Fort Wayne. She is passionate about design for health and well-being in the built environment. Trained in architecture and interior design and gained extensive experience in architecture, Dr. Ding is also a researcher and obtained her Ph.D. in Architectural Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Ding’s expertise and research interests include but are not limited to environment-behavior studies in healthcare design, evidence-based design (EBD), design process, and research integration in design practice. Dr. Ding has published extensively for her research and scholarship including several refereed books and numerous journal articles and conference proceedings. She also holds an Evidence-based Design Accreditation Certificate (EDAC) from The Center for Health Design and the NCIDQ Certificate from the Council of Interior Design Qualification.


“In this era of a global pandemic, increasing health disparities due to climate change and an unprecedented aging population, Suining Ding asks “How might healthcare design result in better health and wellness outcomes?” Her answer: Environment-Behavior Studies for Healthcare Design. In this impressive book, Dr. Ding overviews the core theories of the more than five-decade-old domain of Environment-Behavior Studies and makes a direct connection to issues confronting the design of healthcare settings. Additionally, she stakes new territory in terms of how research-design connections should be made.” Keith Diaz Moore, AIA, Ph.D., Dean, College of Architecture and Planning, Professor, School of Architecture, University of Utah 

“This book would definitely be helpful and recommended for all professionals starting their career in healthcare design companies and institutions. Looking at the different chapters of the book, there are many books (and journal articles) investigating all the topics discussed in the book, however, not one resource has all the information in the same place.” Sahar Mihandoust, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Center for Health Facilities Design and Test, Clemson University

“This book has a very strong theoretical foundation, allowing readers to learn and start to build a strong theoretical understanding themselves.” Gloria Stafford, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Interior Design, School of Applied Human Sciences, University of Northern Iowa