Event: The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) – Congress, Salk Institute, CA
Title: Clinicians for Design: A Convergence of Expertise to Enhance Cognition and Healthcare Design How Architecture Impacts our Health
Format: Poster presentation
Authors: Eve Edelstein, Diana Anderson, Thomas Grey, Desmond O’Neill
Date: September 20-22, 2018
Dochitect participates in a Poster Presentation at The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture 2018!
Increasingly, clinicians are asking not only for the architect’s perspective, but to develop a design skill-set and knowledge base that will allow them to help shape the future of hospitals, medicine, and healthcare.
Clinicians for Design is an international network of clinicians and researchers with a vision to inspire and accelerate the design of environments that enhance health outcomes through innovations in healthcare spaces, technologies, care delivery systems and policies (1). The inaugural Clinicians for Design workshop was hosted at the Royal College of Physicians, during the European Healthcare Design conference, London, UK in June, 2017. Thereafter, workshops and research activities with hospitals and academic medical centers are exploring key lessons learned from the clinicians, healthcare system leaders, and medical researchers. Specific objectives include the application of research to improve practice, meetings to increase clinician understanding of the architectural process, and integration of clinical expertise with design-thinking.
As ‘neuro-architectural’ research converges with clinically-informed design, it has inspired the emergence of new models of practice for dementia care. A network of like-minded clinicians, neuroscientists, and a team of geriatricians and designers have formed an alliance to enable a deeper understanding of the elements which contribute to dementia-inclusive design in healthcare facilities. A leading cause of institutionalization for those with dementia is often spatial disorientation (2). Absence of cognitive mapping in dementia can be partially compensated for by using other forms of orientation strategies (3). Therefore, the design of healthcare facilities can significantly influence one’s spatial orientation and wayfinding abilities (4). This grant funded study aims to develop a ‘Design Audit Tool’ in line with Dementia-Inclusive Design Guidelines, ensuring equality across healthcare users (5). The goal is for inclusive, accessible, and easily understood environmental design for people with dementia, based on neurological and architectural research.
Clinicians and designers discuss their progress in identifying dementia care pathways and research outcomes using a transdisciplinary approach. The advances towards a dementia inclusive healthcare audit tool is described, including the role of experts and emerging professionals in medicine, research, and design who seek an enduring connection between clinical practice and architecture.
(1) Anderson DC, Pang SA, Edelstein EA, O’Neill D. The Convergence of Architectural Design and Health: Clinicians for Design. The Lancet. 2018. Unpublished [Submitted, under review].
(2) Monacelli AM, Cushman LA, Kavcic V, Duffy CJ. Spatial disorientation in Alzheimer‘s disease: The remembrance of things passed. Neurology. 2003 Dec 9;61(11):1491-7.
(3) Poettrich K, Weiss PH, Werner A, Lux S, Donix M, Gerber J, von Kummer R, Fink GR, Holthoff VA. Altered neural network supporting declarative long-term memory in mild cognitive impairment. Neurobiol Aging. 2009 Feb;30(2):284-98. Epub 2007 Jul 17.
(4) Marquardt G. Wayfinding for people with dementia: a review of the role of architectural design. HERD. 2011 Winter;4(2):75-90.
(5) De Suin A, O’Shea E, Timmons S, McArdle D, Gibbons P, O’Neill D, Kenneally SP, Gallagher P. Irish National Audit of Dementia Care in Acute Hospitals. Cork: National Audit of Dementia Care. 2014.