Designing Health Care: Improving patient and staff safety through Evidence-based Design

The design and architecture of health facilities impact the health and wellbeing of patients and staff. From multidisciplinary perspective, learn how to create better communications and design of spaces, and how to scale these to local resources.

Designing Health Care: Improving patient and staff safety through Evidence-based Design
At a glance
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25
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27
August 2022
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10:30
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16:30
CEST
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Format: 
Online
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Credits: 
1 ECTS / Certificate

About the course

Covid19 has shown us very clearly that design and architecture play an important role in healthcare settings. In the light of the pandemic, it has become even more important to communicate messages clearly and effectively or to design safe and efficient environments. In order to improve our facilities and communications in the field of health care we need to gain a better understanding of the impact of design and architecture. Hence, we need processes, tools, and infrastructures that allow us to learn more about the needs and behaviors of service users and staff members of healthcare settings.

The  interdisciplinary research group Health Care Communication Design HCCD of the Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH consists of experts from the field of design, architecture, nursing, medical informatics and economy. Their projects are situated at the interface of design with the areas of communication, architecture, IT infrastructures, work organization, patient and staff safety, evidence-based nursing, health service quality and processes.

In this 3-day course, members of the research group HCCD from the areas of design, architecture and nursing will give insights into their projects and approaches towards the design of health care settings. Central to their projects is the inclusion of evidence-based design. This approach takes psychological, social and physical aspects into account when designing products, communication material, environments, interventions, 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.

The 3-day course will  focus on the following topic areas:

  1. Evidence-based design in the field of health care: theoretical background on the impact of design and architecture in health care settings;
  2. Examples and projects: examples from the practice of the research group HCCD show the integration of evidence-based design to solve concrete problems within health care settings. The focus will be on patient and staff safety within these settings.
  3. Methods and tools: end user (patients, clients, health care staff etc.) involvement in practice projects and scientific research to improve user driven development and evidence.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Have basic theoretical knowledge of evidence-based design in the field of health care
  • Understand the impact of design and architecture on patient and staff safety in health care settings
  • Know methods and tools from design and participatory research which help them to identify obstacles and dangers of the spatial environment with regard to patient and staff safety

Prerequisites

None.

Pedagogical methods

  • Theoretical inputs
  • Presentation of examples
  • Group work
  • Discussions

Pedagogical methods

  • Recommended readings and a short assignment (~1-5 hours)

Assessment procedure

  • In class presentation on last day

Format description

Facilitators and participants of this course will be online. In case participants are already in Lugano to attend another course, they can follow the course from a dedicated classroom/hub in Lugano.

At a glance
Date icon
25
-
&
27
August 2022
Schedule icon
10:30
-
16:30
CEST
Zoom icon
Format: 
Online
Star icon
Credits: 
1 ECTS / Certificate