Transforming the Doctor's Office: Principles from Evidence-based Design (Hardback)Ann Sloan Devlin (author)
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From the parking lot to the exam room, doctors can improve the physical surroundings for their patients, yet often they do not. Given the numerous and varied duties doctors must perform, it may fall to the design profession to implement changes, many based on research, to improve healthcare experiences. From location and layout to furnishings and positive distractions, this book provides evidence-based information about the physical environment to help doctors and those who design medical workspaces improve the experience of health care.
Along with its research base, a special aspect of this book is the integration of relevant historical material about the office practice of physicians at the beginning of the twentieth century. Many of their design solutions are viable today. In addition to improving the physical design of healthcare facilities, author Ann Sloan Devlin is the granddaughter, daughter, and niece of physicians, as well as the granddaughter and daughter of nurses. She worked in a hospital during college, and has visited a good many practitioners' offices in medical office buildings and ambulatory care settings. This book addresses an overlooked location of care: the doctor's office suite.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 248 x 191 x 15 mm
"Ann Sloan Devlin, Ph.D., a premiere 'building doctor' and designer researcher, has the prescription for our ailing healthcare environments. In an industry replete with opinions and rules-of-thumb, Devlin's guide provides a dose of rigor, sensibility, and sensitivity for forward-thinking caregivers, healthcare administrators, and designers. For those who understand that their healthcare setting is critical to defining value for their consumers, you will find Devlin's research refreshing and empowering. If clinical practices want to succeed under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, this book is a must-have." - Nicholas Watkins, PhD, Director of Research at BHH Design, faculty member at the New York School of Interior Design
"[Devlin] relies heavily on principles of design and insights from social psychology, and the book makes good use of colorful photographs of existing spaces to illustrate her points. The layout of the book is logical, and it moves from public spaces like location, parking lots, and signage to less public spaces like waiting rooms, eventually addressing very private spaces like examination rooms and restrooms. Her premise is that the physical environment is an important component in improving the quality of health care and that evidence-based design has much to teach us about how health care settings can be improved." - PsycCRITIQUES, Michael B. Blank and Marlene M. Eisenberg
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