The Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation has awarded a $30,000 research grant to support the development and validation a research tool to measure nurses’ experience of inpatient care environments. The healthcare design community has long needed open-source, standardized measures that can be applied across firms, institutions and years. This study helps to fill that gap.
This research will be led by an interdisciplinary team of researchers, clinicians and designers. Renae Rich, M.S., a research analyst at HDR, led the awarded proposal, and the core study team will include Francesqca Jimenez, M.S., a researcher at HDR, as well as a team of nurses from Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, led by Cheryl Bohacek, MSN, RN, OCN, oncology service leader at Methodist Hospital.
“Current limitations in design research include a lack of valid measures that can provide direct feedback about the role of the built environment in producing desirable outcomes, and this work is addressing that gap in inpatient units,” Rich said.
“Nurses hold valuable information on the design of the environment to promote healing as well as a positive work environment,” Bohacek added.
“We believe that this research endeavor will not only inform our own processes in nursing practice and the delivery of healthcare services, but also contribute substantively to the field of healthcare design research,” said Teri Tipton Bruening, MSN, RN-BC, CNE, vice president and chief nursing officer at Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital.
The study will initially draw upon data HDR has collected in several healthcare facilities over the past year and will include several subsequent phases of quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis and refinement. Jeri Brittin, Ph.D., HDR’s director of research, noted that, “Renae has done an exceptional job of planning this work, and the resulting instrument will be published and made available for all in the industry to use. Consistent and valid measurement is critical to move the field of design research forward.”
This grant would not be possible without the sponsorship of countless architects, healthcare designers, supporting firms, and industry partners. A special thanks goes to the Atreo Group and President, Harry Pliskin for their amazing support that allows these grants to be large enough to truly contribute to the advancement of the field.
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