Title: Design quality in the context of healthcare environments: a scoping review
Authors: Anåker, Anna ×
Heylighen, Ann
Nordin, Susanna
Elf, Marie #
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Sage
Series Title: HERD
Abstract: Objective: We explored the concept of design quality in relation to healthcare environments. In addition, we present a taxonomy that illustrates the wide range of terms used in connection with design quality in healthcare.
Background: High-quality physical environments can promote health and well-being. Developments in healthcare technology and methodology put high demands on the design quality of care environments, coupled with increasing expectations and demands from patients and staff that care environments be person-centered, welcoming, and accessible while also supporting privacy and security. In addition, there are demands that decisions about the design of healthcare architecture be based on the best available information from credible research and the evaluation of existing building projects.
Method: The basic principles of Arksey and O’Malley’s model of scoping review design were used. Data were derived from literature searches in scientific databases. A total of eighteen articles and books were found that referred to design quality in a healthcare context.
Results: Design quality of physical healthcare environments involves three different descriptive themes: (i) environmental sustainability and ecological values, (ii) social and cultural interactions and values, and (iii) resilience of the engineering and building construction. The concept was clarified herein with a definition.
Conclusions: Awareness of what is considered design quality in relation to healthcare architecture could help to create a design that is evidence-based. To operationalize the concept, its definition must be clear and explicit and able to meet the complexity of the stakeholders in a healthcare context, including patients, staff and significant others.
ISSN: 1937-5867
Publication status: accepted
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Architecture and Design (+)
× corresponding author
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