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Exploring the Value of Multi-sensory Aids in Co-designing Assistive Home Devices for Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment

2023-05 , Aflatoony, Leila , DuBose, Jennifer , Song, Fangli , Machry, Herminia , Burke, Maureen

In this study, we aimed to investigate the benefits of co-design prompts/aids in the development of assistive devices for and with older adults who have cognitive impairment (CI), with the goal of improving their ability to live independently at home. We conducted a series of co-design workshops and utilized eight sets of multi-sensory aids to explore their values and effectiveness in engaging older adults with CI in co-design processes. Our findings revealed that the co-design aids had several benefits, including: (1) increasing the exchange of knowledge and awareness between older adults and designers; (2) eliciting insightful information through multi-sensorial aids, and (3) generating novel assistive design solutions to support seniors’ independent living at home. We discuss our findings in relation to the multi-sensorial attributes of co-design aids, which empower older adults with CI to express their opinions and actively participate in co-designing assistive devices that meet their needs/expectations.

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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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안전한 환경을 제공하기 위한 바이오 봉쇄병실 설계 전략 - Design Strategies for Biocontainment Units: Creating Safer Environments

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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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

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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Designing for Effective and Safe Multidisciplinary Primary Care Teamwork: Using the Time of COVID-19 as a Case Study

2021-08 , Lim, Lisa , Zimring, Craig , DuBose, Jennifer R. , Lee, Jaehoon , Stroebel, Robert J. , Matthews, Marc R.

Effective medical teamwork can improve the effectiveness and experience of care for staff and patients, including safety. Healthcare organizations, and especially primary care clinics, have sought to improve medical teamwork through improved layout and design, moving staff into shared multidisciplinary team rooms. While co-locating staff has been shown to increase communi-cation, successful designs balance four teamwork needs: face-to-face communications; situational awareness; heads-down work; perception of teamness. However, precautions for COVID-19 make it more difficult to conduct face-to-face communications. In this paper we describe a model for un-derstanding how layout affects these four teamwork needs and describe how the perception of teamwork by staff changed after COVID-19 precautions were put in place. Observations, interviews and two standard surveys were conducted in two primary care clinics before COVID-19 and again in 2021 after a year of precautions. In general, staff felt more isolated and found it more difficult to conduct brief consults, though these perceptions varied by role. RNs, who spent more time on the phone, found it convenient to work part time-from home, while medical assistants found it more difficult to find providers in the distanced clinics. These cases suggest some important considera-tions for future clinic designs, including greater physical transparency that also allow for physical separation and more spaces for informal communication that are distanced from workstations.

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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. Translated into Farsi.

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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Lighting the patient room of the future: Evaluating different lighting conditions from the patient perspective

2021 , DuBose, Jennifer R. , Davis, Robert G. , Campiglia, Gabrielle , Wilkerson, Andrea , Zimring, Craig

This study explores whether “future” lighting systems that provide greater control and opportunity for circadian synchronization are acceptable to participants in the role of patients.Tunable, dimmable light emitting diode(LED)systems provide multiple potential benefits for healthcare. They can provide significant energy savings, support circadian synchronization by varying the spectrum and intensity of light over the course of the day, address nighttime navigation needs, and provide user-friendly control. There is an emerging understanding of the important visual and non-visual effects of light,however, important questions remain about the experience and acceptability of this “future” lighting if we are to adopt it broadly.

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Design Strategies for Biocontainment Units: Creating Safer Environments

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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Estratégias de Design para Unidades de Bio-conteção: Criando Ambientes Mais Seguros

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.