Executive Summary of Key Concepts

April 16, 2014     HERD Volume 7, Issue 3
RESEARCH One Size Does Not Fit All: A Diagnostic Post-Occupancy Evaluation Model for an Emergency Department

Patient Visibility and ICU Mortality: A Conceptual Replication [CEU Available]

March 25, 2014     Yi Lu, PhD; Michelle M. Ossmann, MSN, PhD(c); David E. Leaf, MD; and Philip H. Factor, DO

Rehabilitation Centers in Change: Participatory Methods for Managing Redesign and Renovation

March 10, 2014     Marjaana Lahtinen, PhD; Suvi Nenonen, PhD; Heidi Rasila, PhD; Jouni Lehtelä, MSc; Virpi Ruohomäki, PhD; and Kari Reijula, MD, PhD

Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Engagement 2nd Edition

November 15, 2013     Kurt Hanft, BS ENGR, MBA, ASQ-CSSBB, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt
Graban, Mark. (2012). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group  

Stressed Spaces: Mental Health and Architecture

September 30, 2013     Kathleen Connellan, PhD; Mads Gaardboe, MA; Damien Riggs, PhD; Clemence Due, PhD; Amanda Reinschmidt; and Lauren Mustillo
Introduction The research question identified for this literature review was: How does the intersection of mental health care and architecture contribute to positive mental health outcomes? We arrived at this research question because it is sufficiently focused but still broad enough to...

Understanding Evidence-Based Research Methods: Confirmatory and Exploratory Analysis

September 30, 2013     Jason M. Etchegaray, PhD
  SCENARIO: Allan and Gwen have decided to create a new survey to measure patient perceptions of built environment factors because they view existing measures as deficient in some way. Their conversation about how to analyze a new survey follows.

Understanding Evidence-Based Research Methods: Survey Analysis, t-Tests, and Odds Ratios

December 5, 2012     by Jason M. Etchegaray, PhD; Allison J. Ottenbacher, PhD; Dean F. Sittig, PhD; and Allison B. McCoy, PhD
This contribution to the methodology series focuses on two ways to analyze large data sets. The authors welcome comments from all readers who have suggestions about the way information is presented or questions about the content of this column. It is not comprehensive and does not replace...

Sleep as a Moderating Value in Healthcare Facility Design

December 5, 2012     by Maria Regina Clemesha Kennedy, MArch, MRIAI

Space Syntax in Healthcare Facilities Research: A Review

August 14, 2012     Saif Haq, PhD and Yang Luo
Introduction The theory and methods of Space Syntax have been developing for the last 40 years. It began in the United Kingdom and is now known worldwide. Beginning with the idea that spatial layout generates material preconditions for social life as understood by movement, encounter, avoidance,...

Understanding Evidence-Based Research Methods: Challenges and Considerations in the Analysis of Survey Data

August 14, 2012     Allison B. McCoy, PhD, Allison J. Ottenbacher, PhD, Dean F. Sittig, PhD, and Jason M. Etchegaray, PhD
This contribution to the series of methodology columns addresses frequently encountered issues in analyzing large data sets for research, including ensuring that the data are both usable and reliable. The authors welcome comments, suggestions, and questions about the content and presentation of...

Design and the Researchable Question

August 14, 2012     D. Kirk Hamilton, FAIA, FACHA, EDAC
D. Kirk Hamilton, FAIA, FACHA, EDAC When a researcher begins a study, a crucial step is to state the research question, which must be precise and lead directly to the choice of research methods used in the attempt to answer it.

Simulation and Mock-Up Research Methods to Enhance Design Decision Making

May 15, 2012     Erin K. Peavey, MArch, LEED AP BD+C, Assoc. AIA, EDAC; Jason Zoss, AIA; and Nicholas Watkins, PhD
Introduction The modern healthcare system is under growing pressure to improve the quality and reduce the cost of care (Hamilton, 2009; DHHS, 2011). Healthcare clients require design solutions that contribute to efficient operations, improved patient outcomes, and optimum building performance....
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