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Publication: Bone Marrow Transplantation
Title: The Bauhaus: its influence on hospital design and wine labels
Author: Shaun R. McCann, Haematology Emeritus, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Date: June 12, 2019
“Did the ‘Bauhaus’ movement influence hospital design? Yes. Tony Monk… claims that ‘it (hospital design) was based on the then Modern Movement principles that form follows function’… The Bauhaus endures because its principles can be boiled down to universal ideas: functionality, simplicity and innovation.”
Dochitect is referenced in this Editorial:
“Like many things from music to furniture not everybody approved the Modernist movement. Some believed that hospital design had become ‘too clinical’ and lacked ‘humanity’. Dr Diana Anderson, an architect and physician, has been in the forefront in trying to increase awareness of the importance of including staff and patients’ wellbeing into hospital design. I fully agree with Dr Anderson and tried to enhance the environment in The National Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in St James’ Hospital some years ago.”
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Publication: ACP Hospitalist
Title: Clinicians dive into hospital design
Date: April 12, 2018
Dochitect was interviewed by ACP Hospitalist on the topic of clinicians and design!
Excerpt: Researchers from health care and design backgrounds have been increasingly focusing on how the layout and allocation of space in hospitals can promote the well-being of both patients and clinicians.
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Publication: Quarterly Journal of Medicine (QJM): An International Journal of Medicine
Publication Reference: 2018 Mar 26. doi: 10.1093/qjmed/hcy070
Title: Quality of life: why most doctors don’t care?
Author: Shaun R. McCann, MD, Department of Haematology, Emeritus, Trinity College Dublin
Dochitect is quoted in this commentary piece on physicians and their take on Quality of Life (QoL) of patients:
“Hospital design has recently come under scrutiny within the context of QoL. Diana Anderson, an MD and architect, has spearheaded a movement that hopes to stimulate an interest in hospital design with a view to making hospitals more pleasant places in which to be a patient and for health care workers to carry out their daily work.”
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Publication: The New York Times
Title: Design Thinking for Doctors and Nurses
Date: August 3, 2017
Dochitect was interviewed by The New York Times regarding the notion of design thinking in healthcare and the creation of Clinicians for Design– an international network of healthcare providers, offering online discussions as well as workshops and digital resources, with a focus on improving healthcare delivery and the hospital’s physical layout.
Read the article here.
To learn more about Clinicians for Design, click here to visit the website.
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Clinicians for Design is an international network of leaders with a vision to inspire and accelerate the design of environments and systems, enriching the healthcare interface. Its mission is to engage clinical professionals within research, education and practice. We seek to enhance health outcomes through innovations in the design of healthcare spaces, technologies, care delivery systems and policies.
Increasingly, clinicians are asking not only for the architect’s perspective, but to develop a skill-set and knowledge-base that will allow them to help shape the future of hospitals, medicine, and healthcare.
Clinicians for Design offers several unique platforms to apply clinical insights and experience to the design of settings and systems that serve medical practice. Clinicians for Design and the Human Experience Lab at Perkins+Will are hosting an invitation-only meeting and presentations during the European Healthcare Design Congress, on June 11-14th, 2017 at the Royal College of Physicians in London, UK.
In addition, Clinicians for Design is planning a series of seminars and will be developing printed and digital resources to provide an international platform for sharing perspectives and goals. We will be hosting colloquia, educational sessions, and producing both print and online publications to inspire the emergence of new models of practice. This evolving knowledge-base and skill-set will help to shape the future of hospitals, medicine, and healthcare for the well-being of patients and clinicians themselves.
By connecting our global network, healthcare and research professionals may begin to facilitate the next tipping point in medicine, and challenge the stated norms for health & care design. Ultimately, by bringing the design team and the health care team together, the Clinicians for Design group will provide a nexus of clinically inspired publications, best-practices and policy documents to serve each other and our patients.
Clinicians for Design was co-founded by Drs. Anderson and Edelstein.
As a board-certified healthcare architect and Internal Medicine physician, Diana Anderson, MD, a “dochitect”, combines educational and professional experience in medicine and architecture. Eve Edelstein, PhD, F-AAA, a “neuro-architect”, applies her research and clinical work from the University College London, National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, and University California Berkeley, among others, in her current work as director of the Human Experience Lab at Perkins+Will.
Click the links below to view the videos from dochitect’s introduction to the CfD morning workshop presentation and introduction to the afternoon didactic session of universal design for an aging population:
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Organization: SALUS – European Healthcare Design
Event: Healthcare Design Awards
Location: Royal College of Physicians, London, UK
Date: June 13, 2017
Healthcare Design (Over 25,000 sqm)
- Winner: Brunel Building, Southmead Hospital; Commissioned by North Bristol NHS Trust; Designed by BDP
- Highly Commended: Brigham and Women’s Hospital Building for Transformative Medicine; Commissioned by Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Designed by NBBJ
- Highly Commended: Markham Stouffville Hospital Redevelopment; Commissioned by Markham Stouffville Hospital and Infrastructure Ontario; Designed by B+H Architects in association with Perkins+Will Architects
- Highly Commended: Stamford Health, New Hospital; Commissioned by Stamford Health; Designed by EYP Health
Judges: Diana Anderson, Dochitect, Canada/Intl; Craig Dixon, KD Health, UK; Kate Copeland, Queensland Department of Health, Australia
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Publication: UofTMed Magazine
Title: Can We Talk About Physician Mental Health?
Date: May 30, 2017
Dochitect shares design ideas on the notion of the Reset Room for physician health and well-being in this issue of UofTMed Magazine which focuses on the theme of caregiver mental health.
What would your reset room look like? How would you tailor a space that actively promotes the physician’s well-being? Here are some ideas from architects and health care professionals who are starting to consider this concept. Share your ideas on Twitter by tagging @uoftmedicine
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Publication: UofT MedAlumni e-newsletter
Date: January 27, 2017
Dochitect was interviewed by the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine Alumni e-newsletter in response to the question- “what needs to change in medicine today?”
I believe we need to put more focus on the importance of architectural design in health care — and on researching the elements and impact of our built environment.Here are just several examples of the pressing questions facing the field:
- While some countries design village-like settings for dementia populations to encourage wandering, others utilize dark flooring materials that some patients with cognitive disorders may interpret as a void, thus deterring exit attempts. Which is best — not only from the perspective of clinical outcomes, but also from an economic standpoint?
- Hospital corridors are already dynamic spaces of patient physical therapy, multidisciplinary team updates, family discussions and infection-control practices. Can a hospital corridor become more than a long narrow space with equipment spilling over and laundry bins scattered throughout?
- The notion of separating patient and staff circulation has become best practice in health-care design over recent years. With health care moving in the direction of the patient becoming the advocate of their own care and clinicians providing the expertise to aid patients in their decision-making, should the physical design separate what the clinical model is trying to unify?
- While design guidelines for health-care spaces have now set standards for patients to gain exposure to natural light, spaces reserved for clinicians have no such minimum requirements, despite these caregivers spending countless hours within health-care spaces. Should this change?