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International Research Project

Sponsored by MAAP Architects

Lead judge

Dr Paul Barach, Department of Anesthesiology and Center for Patient Safety
Utrecht University Medical Center, Utrecht, Netherlands


Dr Eve A Edelstein, MArch, PhD (neuroscience), Assoc AIA, F-AAA, Visiting Scholar, University of California, San Diego, NewSchool of Architecture & Design, San Diego Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, USA
Mungo Smith, director, MAAP Architects

Awarded for a completed, innovative, independently assessed, piece of research focused on a particular aspect of the design, function, construction, financing or maintenance of a healthcare facility or addressing a relevant topic concerning public health in the context of the working environment.

Dr Debajyoti Pati and Dr Carolyn Cason receiving their award from Chris Shaw of sponsors MAAP Architects
An Empirical Examination of Patient Room Handedness in Acute Medical-Surgical Settings.
Dr Debajyoti Pati, Thomas E Harvey Jr, Jennie Evans and Dr Carolyn Cason

This research addresses one of the most hotly debated issues in contemporary healthcare design - same-handed rooms. While the same-handed concept is associated with safety and efficiency, empirical evidence s not yet available. This study is the only empirical research that systematically addressed the questions of standardization and same-handedness, developed objective definitions of complex concepts and drew meaningful inferences. The findings will have a strong industry impact. A trans-disciplinary approach with representatives from architecture, environmental design research, nursing, nursing research, Kinesiology and statistics, and a strong stakeholder participation by RNs, renders this study one of the highest qualities. The authors employed all rigours employable in a design research project, including randomly sequenced tasks and configurations, and multiple analytical procedures involving quantitative and qualitative data analyses. The use of an experimental setting effectively controlled for potential confounding factors, while the use of real caregivers (RNs) maintained the ecological validity of the data. None of the study investigators were associated with data coding, thus eliminating sources of investigator bias. The statistical analyses were conducted by a team unaware of the study objectives. Finally, the study methodology can be easily replicated in other settings. The similarity of the RNs' attributes to the general nursing population renders the inferences from the study findings meaningful and generalizable to the broader context.
Jaynelle F Stichler

The Effect of Art on Patient Agitation in a Psychiatric Holding Unit and Implications for the Business Case.
Upali Nanda, Sarajane L Eisen and Deborah Owen, Texas A&M University (USA)

Light, Health and Wellbeing: Implications from Chronobiology for Architectural Design.
Anna Wirz-Justice and Colin Fournier

How to Implement the Healing Potential of the Built Environment: The Emergency Department as a Significant Case Study.
Daniela Sorana, InterUniversity Research Center TESIS, Department of Archtecture, Technology and Design, University of Florence

Researching the Relationship between Patient Safety and the Provision of Single-Bed and Multi-Bed Rooms.
Patricia Young (National Patient Safety Agency, UK), Kate Fairhall (ARUP), Laura Bache (ARUP), Peter Dodd (ARUP)

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