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Rethinking healthcare building design quality: an evidence-based strategy

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posted on 24.05.2016, 10:49 by Grant R. Mills, Michael Phiri, Jonathan Erskine, Andrew Price
Healthcare buildings play a significant role in delivering healthcare services and outcomes (e.g. quality, suitability, cleanliness, patient experience, value for money and risk mitigation). However, the current diffusion of responsibilities in England between central government and healthcare trusts has created gaps and weaknesses in the evidence base, knowledge, skills and tools for creating and assessing healthcare building design quality. How can a national healthcare building design quality improvement strategy be created? This question is explored in relation to policy, strategy and organizational issues. Four evaluation studies and four action research studies indicate the complexity and responsibilities in defining a design quality improvement strategy. It is found that the interdisciplinary development of national standards and tools requires centralized investment to facilitate nationwide learning and improvements in evidence and outcomes. In addition, the inevitable health policy changes made by successive governments require a sustainable and strategic response. The creation and maintenance of capacity and capabilities will require a dedicated team of professionals and a wide interdisciplinary network of long-term contributors who are motivated by a long-term desire to improve healthcare building design quality.

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School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

BUILDING RESEARCH AND INFORMATION

Volume

43

Issue

4

Pages

499 - 515 (17)

Citation

MILLS, G.R. ...et al., 2015. Rethinking healthcare building design quality: an evidence-based strategy. Building Research and Information, 43(4), pp. 499-515.

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© The Authors. Published by Taylor & Francis

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VoR (Version of Record)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ by/4.0/

Publication date

2015

Notes

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Taylor and Francis under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

ISSN

0961-3218

Language

en