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Is Evidence-Based Design a Buzzword or a Science?

Is Evidence-Based Design a Buzzword or a Science?



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Is there science behind the design? Is there more to a well-decorated room than aesthetics? More and more research from hospitals across the country shows that this is the case.
Research done by Texas A&M University and Georgia Institute of Technology found over 600 studies in top peer-reviewed journals that say the design of a hospital can affect how well patients do. Among these results are:

  1. Reducing stress and fatigue
  2. Improving safety
  3. Increasing staff effectiveness and satisfaction 

How Does Evidence-Based Design (EBD) Work?

Evidence-Based Design

Hospitals can achieve specific clinical outcomes by controlling the design of the environment. This is the underlying principle of evidence-based design. For example, if a hospital wants to offer better social support, it might set up seats so that family groups can talk in private and make room for people to sleep over in patient rooms. People should always consider what goals to strive for in evidence-based design before implementing effective changes. 

Using EBD to Foster Healing Through Art

Evidence-Based Design

The physical design of a space, as well as its decor, has a significant impact on the overall impression of a room. According to Jain Malkin, a member of The Center for Health Design’s Board of Directors, a physical environment has the potential to be therapeutic if it achieves the following:  

  • eliminates environmental stressors like noise, glare, a lack of privacy, and poor air quality
  • connects patients to nature through views of the outdoors, interior gardens, aquariums, water elements, and so on;
  • provides options and choices to enhance feelings of control, such as privacy versus socialization, lighting levels, music type, seating options, quiet versus ‘active’ waiting areas;
  • provides opportunities for social support – seating arrangements that provide privacy for family groupings, accommodation for family members or friends in treatment setting; sleep-over accommodation in patient rooms;
  • provides positive distractions like interactive art, fireplaces, aquariums, Internet access, music, and access to special video programs with calming images of nature and music made just for healthcare settings. It also creates feelings of peace, hope, reflection, and spiritual connection and gives people a chance to relax, learn, laugh, and be silly.

To achieve these objectives, hospitals must concentrate on what they present through design, including color, placement, equipment, and everything else in the environment.

The notion that these factors influence patients’ medical experiences is not novel. “It’s something we innately felt,” said Debra J. Levin, executive vice president of the Center for Health Design.

Dr. Stacey Denise

Use EBD to Provide Positive Distractions

Is Evidence-Based Design a Buzzword or a Science?

Positive distractions are something that every clinic can do to help reduce stress. These distractions help to reduce the perception of waiting time while also exercising the mind and relieving stress. Positive distractions include views of nature (including artwork depicting nature), meditation rooms or gardens, music, pets, or simple activities that stimulate the mind. 

certified Color Art consultant's Art A Color full Tree

The color consultant advises testing paint samples in different areas of the room and observing how they look under various lighting conditions.aaIt was quite clear that art and the environment are [sic] really important, and if you have the right sensory stimulation, then it can improve how you feel,

Dr. Stacey Denise

Evidence-Based Design is Science

Evidence-based design, like evidence-based medicine, is chosen based on personalized research and clinical outcomes awareness. Clinics can use this knowledge to create more healing-friendly environments for their patients. 

Stacey Denise Moore, M.D.
Stacey Denise Moore, M.D.

Dr. Stacey Denise Moore is the visionary behind Ceyise Studios, serving as Chief Creative Officer, Principal Artist, and Chief Expert Color Designer. With a background in medicine, her life’s work is a harmonious blend of art and wellness, deeply influenced by a transformative personal experience. Her digital mixed-media art, rooted in color psychology, inspires individuals to embrace their authenticity and express their emotions freely. At Ceyise Studios, Dr. Stacey Denise’s expertise in color consulting and fine art photography aims not just to beautify but to evoke a sense of well-being and self-confidence in others. She believes in the transformative power of art to communicate profound emotions and advocates for living a life designed with optimism and intention.

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