2006 Conference Develops a Map of Research Priorities for Health Care Facility Design as a Means to Improve Patient Outcomes and Staff Satisfaction

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

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology convened a conference to develop a research agenda on the role of health care facility design and:

  • Patient safety.
  • Patient and family experience.
  • Nurse/staff working conditions.

Entitled "Healthcare Environments Research Summit 2006: Developing the Research Roadmap," the conference was held in Atlanta February 8–9, 2006.

A meeting website includes a conference overview, as well as links to the agenda and summary report.

Key Results

  • A multidisciplinary group of 65 people attended the meeting, including researchers, health care facility owners, architects, consultants, health care providers and others.

  • Conference organizers provided participants with three background papers to inform their discussions during the meeting:

    • "Understanding the Design of Health Care Organizations: The Role of Qualitative Research Methods."
    • "Design Research And Patient And Family Stress: A Status Report On The Research Of The Healthcare Environment."
    • "Designing Safe Healthcare Facilities—What are the Data and Where Do We Go From Here?"
    • "Hospital Work Environments: Implications for Nursing Practice and Patient Care Quality."
  • Summit participants were divided into break-out groups to identify research priorities and opportunities in three major research areas:

    • Patient safety.
    • Patient and family experience.
    • Nurse/staff working conditions.
  • Conference organizers prepared a report on the break-out group discussions and recommendations, entitled "Summary of HER Summit Break-Out Group Activities: Research Priorities, Pipeline Issues and Action Items."

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