Design Details for Health: Making the Most of Design's Healing Potential / Edition 2

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Significant innovations in healthcare design knowledge have occured in the decade since the first edition of Design Details for Health was published. Evidence is now measurable, revealing just how the physical environment of a building can improve healthcare outcomes and recovery. Updated with the latest research and contemporary case studies, this new edition is a comprehensive primer on healthcare design for multiple typologies from acute care hospitals to senior living to medical offices and wellness centers. Updated with interviews with leading practitioner and providers, this is a must have for healthcare architects, interior designers as well as healthcare providers.

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According to the author, "the power of a healing environment comes from the little things, the design details that empower patients to take responsibility for their own health." She offers specific suggestions to improve patient outcomes by returning authority to the patient, along with case studies and research demonstrating the positive role design details can play in reducing healthcare costs. With the help of approximately 200 color and b&w images, she addresses a variety of healthcare environments and covers key areas such as lighting, acoustics, color, furnishings, and finishes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

CYNTHIA A. LEIBROCK, MA, ASID, HON. IIDA, is anaward-winning author, an international lecturer, and a designerwith more than thirty years of experience. Her mission is toimprove the lives of older and disabled people through design. Theprincipal and founder of Easy Access to Health, LLC, in Colorado,she has taught courses at Harvard University Graduate School ofDesign for the past ten years. She is also the coauthor ofBeautiful Barrier-Free: A Visual Guide to Accessibility andBeautiful Universal Design, both from Wiley.

DEBRA HARRIS, PhD, is President of RAD Consultants,focusing on evidence-based strategic planning for health caresystems, architects, designers, and product developers. She is aconsultant with more than twenty-five years of practice,specializing in health care facility design, assimilating researchinto evidence-based strategies, and environmental forensics. Herresearch focuses on environmental factors affecting patients,families, and health care workers, including patient and healthcare staff outcomes, infection control and transmission, and costimplications of the physical environment.

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Table of Contents

A List of Checklists and Special Topics.



Part One. Long-Term Care.

1. Assisted Living.

2.Caring for People with Dementia.

3. Home Health Care.

4. Hospice.

5. Subacute Care and Rehabilitation.

Part Two. Ambulatory Care.

6. Day Care and Respite.

7. Medical Offices.

8. Wellness Centers.

Part Three. Acute-Care Hospitals.

9. Birth Centers.

10. Children's Hospitals.

11. Inpatient Psychiatric Units.

12. General Hospitals.

13. Critical Care.


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