The environment of inpatient healthcare delivery and its influence on the outcome of care

O'Connor, Margaret, O'Brien, Anthony, Bloomer, Melissa, Morphett, Julia, Peters, Louise, Hall, Helen, Parry, Arlene, Recoche, Katrina, Lee, Susan and Munro, Ian 2012, The environment of inpatient healthcare delivery and its influence on the outcome of care, HERD: health environments research & design journal, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 104-116, doi: 10.1177/193758671200600106.

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Title The environment of inpatient healthcare delivery and its influence on the outcome of care
Author(s) O'Connor, Margaret
O'Brien, Anthony
Bloomer, MelissaORCID iD for Bloomer, Melissa
Morphett, Julia
Peters, Louise
Hall, Helen
Parry, Arlene
Recoche, Katrina
Lee, Susan
Munro, Ian
Journal name HERD: health environments research & design journal
Volume number 6
Issue number 1
Start page 104
End page 116
Total pages 13
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2012-10
ISSN 1937-5867
Summary Aim: This paper addresses issues arising in the literature regarding the environmental design of inpatient healthcare settings and their impact on care.

Background: Environmental design in healthcare settings is an important feature of the holistic delivery of healthcare. The environmental influence of the delivery of care is manifested by such things as lighting, proximity to bedside, technology, family involvement, and space. The need to respond rapidly in places such as emergency and intensive care can override space needs for family support. In some settings with aging buildings, the available space is no longer appropriate to the needs—for example, the need for privacy in emergency departments. Many aspects of care have changed over the last three decades and the environment of care appears not to have been adapted to contemporary healthcare requirements nor involved consumers in ascertaining environmental requirements. The issues found in the literature are addressed under five themes: the design of physical space, family needs, privacy considerations, the impact of technology, and patient safety.

Conclusion: There is a need for greater input into the design of healthcare spaces from those who use them, to incorporate dignified and expedient care delivery in the care of the person and to meet the needs of family.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/193758671200600106
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
12 Built Environment And Design
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, Sage
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