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    The Representational Function of Clinic Design: Staff and Patient Perceptions of Teamwork
    ( 2020-09-15) Lim, Lisa ; Kanfer, Ruth ; Stroebel, Robert J. ; Zimring, Craig
    This study empirically investigates the relationships between visibility attributes and both patients’ and staff members’ teamwork experiences. Teamwork among healthcare professionals is critical for the safety and quality of patient care. While a patient-centered, team-based care approach is promoted in primary care clinics, little is known about how clinic layouts can support the teamwork experiences of staff and patients in team-based primary clinics.
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    Beyond Co-location: Visual Connections of Staff Workstations and Staff Communication in Primary Care Clinics
    ( 2020-08) Lim, Lisa ; Kanfer, Ruth ; Stroebel, Robert J. ; Zimring, Craig
    The importance of communication among healthcare providers has been long recognized, and many healthcare organizations are implementing team-based care, with emphasis on staff communication. While previous empirical studies in various settings illustrate the role of built environments in user communication, there is a lack of quantified interpersonal spatial metrics to predict interactions. This study investigates how interpersonal spatial metrics at different scales predict staff communication patterns by empirically studying four primary care clinics that provide team-based care. We found that staff members in clinics with higher visual connections among staff members reported more timely and frequent communication. We also found that staff members talked to each other more frequently when their workstations were visually connected. The findings of this study are expected to help designers and facility managers provide well-designed team-based clinic layouts, beyond just shared work spaces for team members, for improved staff communication.
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    Design Strategies for Biocontainment Units: Creating Safer Environments
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020-02-01) Matić, Zorana ; Humphreys, Benton ; DuBose, Jennifer
    The SimTigrate Design Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology has engaged in research on the design of biocontainment units (BCU) for several years, from the perspectives of both healthcare worker safety and patient experience. In response to increased awareness of the challenges of caring for patients with highly infectious diseases in the wake of the 2014 Ebola outbreak, Georgia Tech, together with Emory University and Georgia State University, took part in a. multidisciplinary research program (Prevention Epicenter of Emory and Atlanta Consortium Hospitals – PEACH), funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It focused on exploring new strategies to improve the safety of both patients and healthcare personnel during care delivery. The SimTigrate research team focused on ways in which the built environment might support or hinder safe doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE) within a BCU.
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    生物传染控制护理单元(Bio-Containment Unit): 从病人和医护人员的安全角度设计
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020) Matić, Zorana ; Humphreys, Benton ; DuBose, Jennifer
    本文对美国相关的生物传染控制护理单元的研究和设计进行了收集整理,希望可以对中国的医疗设计有所帮助。本文着重翻译并介绍佐治亚理工学院建筑系的SimTigrate医疗设计实验室与埃默里大学和乔治亚州立大学共同研究发布的生物传染控制护理单元(Bio-Containment Unit)设计白皮书 (Matić, Humphreys, DuBose, 2020),并结合几个案例来解释生物传染控制护理单元的核心设计要素。
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    안전한 환경을 제공하기 위한 바이오 봉쇄병실 설계 전략 - Design Strategies for Biocontainment Units: Creating Safer Environments
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020) Matić, Zorana ; Humphreys, Benton ; DuBose, Jennifer
    본 공개 보고서는 SimTigrate Design Lab 에서 지난 4년간 바이오 봉쇄병실 (Bio-containment Unit, BCU) 설계에 대해 연구해온 결과를 요약한 것입니다. 본 문서는 디자이너들(건축가와 실내 건축가) 과 시설관리자, 그리고 설계 연구자들에게 보다 안전하고 효율적인 BCU을 디자인하기 위한 전략을제공하고자 합니다. 여기에서 제공되는 설계 전략들이 현재 그리고 미래의 BCU 디자인에 반영되길 적극권장하는 바입니다.
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    Estratégias de Design para Unidades de Bio-conteção: Criando Ambientes Mais Seguros
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020) Matić, Zorana ; Humphreys, Benton ; DuBose, Jennifer
    Este artigo apresenta a síntese de uma pesquisa sobre o design de unidades de bio-contenção (UBC) que o SimTigrate Design Lab esteve engajado nos últimos 4 anos. Este documento propõe estratégias de design para projetar UBCs mais seguras e eficientes, no intuito de informar o trabalho de arquitetos, designers de interiores, gerentes de instalações e pesquisadores na área de arquitetura para a saúde. Essas estratégias de design deverão ser consideradas na implementação de UBCs existentes e futuras.
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    Design Strategies for Biocontainment Units: Creating Safer Environments. Translated into Farsi.
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020) Matić, Zorana ; Humphreys, Benton ; DuBose, Jennifer
    This white paper presents a summary of the work on the design of biocontainment units (BCU) that the SimTigrate Design Lab has been engaged in for the past 4 years. This document outlines design strategies for designing a safer and more efficient BCU, and is intended to provide information for designers (architects and interior designers), facility managers, and design researchers. These design strategies should be considered for implementation in both current and future BCUs. This version of the white paper has been translated into Farsi.
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    Backstage Staff Communication: The Effects of Different Levels of Visual Exposure to Patients
    ( 2019-11-21) Lim, Lisa ; Kanfer, Ruth ; Stroebel, Robert J. ; Zimring, Craig
    Objective: This article examines how visual exposure to patients predicts patient-related communication among staff members. Background: Communication among healthcare professionals private from patients, or backstage communication, is critical for staff teamwork and patient care. While patients and visitors are a core group of users in healthcare settings, not much attention has been given to how patients' presence impacts staff communication. Furthermore, many healthcare facilities provide team spaces for improved staff teamwork, but the privacy levels of team areas significantly vary. Method: This article presents an empirical study of four team-based primary care clinics where staff communication and teamwork are important. Visual exposure levels of the clinics were analyzed, and their relationships to staff members' concerns for having backstage communication, including preferred and nonpreferred locations for backstage communication, were investigated. Results: Staff members in clinics with less visual exposure to patients reported lower concerns about having backstage communication. Staff members preferred talking in team areas that were visually less exposed to patients in the clinic, but, within team areas, the level of visual exposure did not matter. On the other hand, staff members did not prefer talking in visually exposed areas such as corridors in the clinic and visually exposed areas within team spaces. Conclusions: Staff members preferred talking in team areas, and they did not prefer talking in visually exposed areas. These findings identified visually exposed team areas as a potentially uncomfortable environment, with a lack of agreement between staff members' preferences toward where they had patient-related communication.
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    The Effect of Light on Sleep and Sleep-Related Physiological Factors Among Patients in Healthcare Facilities: A Systematic Review
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019) Hadi, Khatereh ; DuBose, Jennifer R. ; Choi, Young-Seon
    Lighting is one of the environmental factors which can improve patient sleep in healthcare environments. Many research studies have been published on this topic, but due to the high degree of variation in study designs and results, the implications have been difficult to interpret. This review aims to consolidate studies on the impact of bright light exposure on sleep in order to present the most effective lighting conditions and characteristics that can be further applied and researched in future healthcare environments.
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    Exploring the Concept of Healing Spaces
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018) DuBose, Jennifer R. ; MacAllister, Lorissa ; Hadi, Khatereh ; Sakallaris, Bonnie