HealthcareDesign10 – A Healthy Dose of Evidence-Based Design

HealthcareDesign10 begins a week from tomorrow, and this post highlights some events that I’m looking forward to.

HealthcareDesign, a joint effort of the Center for Health Design, Healthcare Design magazine, and Healthcare Building Ideas, is “the premier conference on advancing the future of healthcare facilities, offering attendees incredible learning and networking experiences,” and it’s taking place this year from November 13-16 in Las Vegas, NV. Vegas! But seriously, it’s THE conference for designers and healthcare providers to talk, network, and learn about all sorts of issues related to the design of healing environments, indoors and out.

I mentioned evidence-based design (EBD) in my recent Garden Designers Roundtable post. In a nutshell, EBD uses quantitative, and sometimes qualitative, research to design environments that facilitate health and improve outcomes. It’s a big part of what the Therapeutic Landscapes Network advocates for. We encourage research, and we urge designers and healthcare providers to use that research to create the best possible environments.

This is by no means a comprehensive list; these are just a few sessions that look especially germane to the subject of therapeutic landscapes. Honestly, there are so many interesting-looking education sessions and roundtable discussions that choosing is going to be a real challenge. Click here for the full schedule.

Sunday, 11/14, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Toss-up between “Light Health and Human Efficiency–Evidence-Based Design for the Human Animal,” Deborah Burnett and James Benya or “Impact of Art on the ED Patient Wating Experience,” Upali Nanda, Kathy Hathorn, Michael Nelson, Pam Kleba and Robyn Bajema.

Monday, 11/15, 8:00-9:00 a.m.
RIPP to the Rescue–How Researchers in Professional Practice Lead the Way to Better Design,” Mardelle Shepley and Erin Peavey.

9:15-10:15 a.m.
Researching Restorative Landscapes in Healthcare–Evaluative Case Studies and Design Recommendations,” Clare Cooper Marcus.

2:15-3:15 p.m.
Natural Images–The Effects of Patients Undergoing Surgery,” Ellen Vincent and Dina Battisto.

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Nature and Human Nature,” David Kamp, with moderator Mardelle Shepley.

4:45-5:45 p.m.
Evidence-Based Design Boot Camp,” D. Kirk Hamilton, Mardelle Shepley, and Roger Ulrich OR “Data as Proof–Links Between Healthcare Design Strategies and Staff Stress and Productivity,” John Goins and Whitney Austin.

Tuesday, 11/16, 9:15-10:15 a.m.
Regenerative Hospitals,” David Burson, Peter Syrett, Deborah Rivers and Michelle Halle Stern (“Through three primary lenses–resources, materials, and connection to nature–participants will explore the meaning of regenerative design on the delivery of healthcare services at academic-based medical centers and see how the regenerative design framework can inform the design and operations of healthcare facilities.”)

10:30-11:30 a.m.
It’s Not an Accident – How Integrated Stakeholders Make Successful Design Happen,” Jerry Smith, Peter Bardwell, Cheryl Herbert, Janet Beck and Carol Cosler

3:15-4:30 p.m.
Closing Keynote Speaker
Esther Sternberg, author of Healing Spaces: The Science and Place of Well-Being. Click here to read the Therapeutic Landscapes Network Blog’s interview with Dr. Sternberg.

See what I mean? Spoiled for choice. No time for slot machines!