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Using evidence-based design to improve pharmacy department efficiency.

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posted on 29.02.2016, 13:26 authored by Fraser Greenroyd, Rebecca Hayward, Andrew Price, Peter DemianPeter Demian, Shrikant Sharma
Using a case study of a pharmacy department rebuild in the South West of England, this article examines the use of evidence-based design to improve the efficiency and staff well-being with a new design. This article compares three designs, the current design, an anecdotal design, and an evidence-based design, to identify how evidence-based design can improve efficiency and staff well-being by reducing walking time and distance. Data were collected from the existing building and used to measure the efficiency of the department in its current state. These data were then mapped onto an anecdotal design, produced by architects from interviews and workshops with the end users, and an evidence-based design, produced by highlighting functions with high adjacencies. This changed the view on the working processes within the department, shifting away from a focus on the existing robotic dispensing system. Using evidence-based design was found to decrease the walking time and distance for staff by 24%, as opposed to the anecdotal design, which increased these parameters by 9%, and is predicted to save the department 248 min across 2 days in staff time spent walking.

Funding

This work would not have been possible without funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and BuroHappold Engineering Ltd.

History

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

HERD

Citation

GREENROYD, F.L. ...et al., 2016. Using evidence-based design to improve pharmacy department efficiency. Health Environments Research and Design Journal, 10 (1), pp. 130-143.

Publisher

SAGE Publications (© The Authors)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2016

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Health Environments Research and Design Journal and the definitive published version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1937586716628276

ISSN

1937-5867

eISSN

2167-5112

Language

en