course ID: 2021_cHCD

 

Designing Health Care: Improving health care through Evidence-based Design

* This course is sponsored the Swiss Center for Design and Health

Description

About the course: Covid19 has shown us very clearly that design plays an important role in healthcare: whether it is to communicate messages clearly and effectively or to design safe and efficient environments. The pandemic has also shown us that we need to gain a better understanding of the impact of design and architecture in order to improve our facilities and communications in the field of health care. Hence we need processes, tools, and infrastructures that allow us to learn more about the needs and behaviors of healthcare users.

Evidence-based design takes psychological, social and physical aspects into account when designing products, communication material, environments, processes or services within the health care sector. This leads to more effective communication, reduces patient and staff stress and injuries, promotes well-being and supports the healing process of patients.

In this one-day course, participants will gain an insight into evidence-based design in the healthcare sector and learn more about its processes and tools. In the first part, members of the interdisciplinary research group Health Care Communication Design HCCD of the Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH and the newly founded Swiss Center for Design and Health, will provide participants with some theoretical background. They use recent examples from the pandemic crisis and from their own work to show what effects design measures can have in the context of health care. In the second part, the course’s participants will take on a concrete case and work on it in groups. The goal is to develop an understanding of the respective context and to formulate appropriate solutions with the help of design methods. In a final round, the various approaches will be presented and discussed in plenary.

Objectives:

  • Raising awareness of the impact of design and architecture in the field of health care
  • Basic theoretical knowledge of evidence-based design in the field of health care
  • Exercising methods and tools from design research

Pedagogical methods

Theoretical input, presentation of examples, group work and discussions.

Assessment procedure:

Active participation in the course and discussions.

Minou Afzali

Professor and Deputy Head of Institute of Design Research, Bern University of the Arts

Coordinator of the interdisciplinary research group Health Care Communication Design HCCD of the Bern University of Applied Sciences

 

Arne Scheuermann

Professor and Head of Institute of Design Research, Bern University of the Arts

Co-Head of Swiss Center for Design and Health

Stefan Sulzer

Managing Director Swiss Center for Design and Health