Conference on the impacts of the hospital physical environment on health care outcomes and patient and staff satisfaction

The U.S. is currently facing one of the largest hospital building booms in its history, as more than $200 billion is projected to be spent over the next ten years on hospitals that will remain in place for decades or more. This presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to consider how better hospital design can improve nurse retention by alleviating staff stress and fatigue; increase effectiveness in delivering care by keeping nurses at the bedside; and improve patient safety, outcomes, and overall health care quality. A recent review by Roger Ulrich, Craig Zimring, and others found more than 650 rigorous studies establishing that the physical design of hospitals directly impacts these important outcomes. Although the volume of evidence linking hospital design to patient and staff outcomes is encouraging, the research is scattered and opportunistic. For instance, nearly 25 percent of the studies focus on the effects of noise on patients, yet almost none address the critical issue of design's role in nurse stress and retention. This grant provides co-funding with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for a conference to inform key researchers, research consumers, and decision makers of the depth and breadth of the evidence linking hospital design to patient and staff outcomes. The conference will set research priorities to inform and influence the large volume of hospital construction. Conference products will include three background papers and a position paper to be published in a reputed journal.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $27,250.00

Awarded on: 7/18/2005

Time frame: 7/15/2005 - 3/14/2006

Grant Number: 53343


Georgia Tech Research Corporation

505 10th Street
Atlanta, 30332-0415


Craig Marshall Zimring
Project Director