Video: Evidence-based Design in Action

It seems like evidence-based design has been the talk of the A&D town for the last couple years, and why not? When research proves that design designed around actual data points and user functionality pays off, evidence-based design is a “no brainer.” As one of the top firms advocating the Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) program, sponsored by the Center for Health Design, HDR Architecture has launched a series of case studies on the subject, as a follow-up to its Evidence-based Design for Healthcare Facilities book.

“It’s important that we stress the importance of designing healthcare environments based on research, not old processes,” says Cyndi McCullough, director of clinical services for HDR, in a statement. “Hospital administrators are continually searching for proven, cost-effective strategies when it comes to design. These videos show completed projects where clients implemented evidence-based design principles and experienced success.” 

Here’s a peek at one of the videos:

Episode 1: The New Hanover Regional Medical Center segment explains how design solutions like private patient rooms, family amenities, decentralized nurse stations, and new technology significantly increased patient and staff satisfaction scores.

Episode 2: St. Mary's Medical Center North in Knoxville, Tenn., case study looks at how features such as tracking boards, hands-free communication systems, room service dietary, and bedside admission make the care giving process more efficient.

Episode 3: Case study of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Ida., shares the results of a noise study conducted on a patient unit.

View them all at

–Stacy Straczynski

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