Critical to the healthcare furniture design process is the amount of research that is done prior to cutting that first piece of material. We offer you this short list of articles so that you may also do your own research before choosing or specifying healthcare furniture for a facility.
In the initial phases of healthcare product design, we studied papers such as:
Critical Issues in Healthcare Environments by Uriel Cohen, D Arch and David Allison, AIA.
Furniture Design Features and Healthcare Outcomes by Eileen Malone and Barbara Dellinger
Other influential research papers included The Business Case for Building Hospitals through Evidence Based Design by Blair L. Sadler, J.D.; Jennifer R. DuBose, M.S.; Eileen B. Malone, RN, MSN; Craig M. Zimring, Ph.D., and also Maximizing the Impact of Nursing Care Quality By Ann Hendrich, MSN, RN, FAAN; and Marilyn Chow, RN DNS, FAAN.
You’ll note that these articles are from The Center for Healthcare Design, which is excellent source of industry information. These and other articles on patient satisfaction and infection control became major influences on design decisions at Industrial Woodworking Corp, along with user feedback. We hope these articles are useful to you as in your decision making about healthcare furnishings for your facility or for your clients.Posted on: July 16, 2015