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Nov 11, 2019

In the second half of Cheryl’s conversation with Dr. Diana Anderson, they discuss this idea of what is the moral imperative of the architect to communicate research to clients and discuss potential benefits and harms of design. “Architects are sometimes torn between thinking about the state of healthcare outside of their individual project to a client,” Diana shares. “And I think we often have reservations about measuring design quality.” This and more on the changing face of the healthcare design from a “dochitect’s” perspective.

Dr. Anderson has worked on hospital design projects within the United States, Canada and Australia, specializing in medical planning of inpatient units, specifically intensive care unit environments. As a "dochitect", Dr. Anderson combines educational and professional experience in both medicine and architecture, in order to truly understand what is involved in medical planning and working within the healthcare environment. Learn more about Diana Anderson and her work by visiting Learn more about Clinicians for Design by visiting: Download the Hazards of Hospitalization of the Elderly medical paper by Dr. Mortan Creditor from the Annals of Internal Medicine here:

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Somebody’s kid sibling gets into their parent’s closet and emerges, clothed in a dress or trousers that are 3 feet too long, trailing on the floor behind them.

It’s cute as all get-out, right?

It’s the end of 2019, and as healthcare thinking and design moves away from a one-size-fits-all, institutional mindset, towards a more personalized, individualized care model, you are looking for ways to move away from one-size-fits-all thinking in your hospital, healthcare & senior living projects.

Here’s a great example from one of our podcast guests, Sara Parsons with Gallun Snow Associates.  Sara shares, “Different patient populations need different art and graphics. A still life of fruit will not comfort a surgery patient checking in on an empty stomach and a mountain stream may be uncomfortable for an ultrasound patient arriving as instructed with a full bladder.”

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In part two of Cheryl’s conversation with Dr. Diana Anderson, you will learn:

  • What is the moral imperative of the architect to communicate research to clients and discuss potential benefits and harms of design? 
  • Why do architects still feel they are at the mercy of their clients sometimes and would like to have more influence in how they can change architecture?
  • A growing need for the architecture community to share more of its research of their buildings to move the industry forward.
  • Design is now filtering into the clinical journals and is becoming an important aspect of research, which then can be presented to clients.
  • The story of how ICU physicians donated their own money to have two “breaking bad news” rooms made with windows and nice comfortable furniture because of the need to have a space to have difficult conversations with family members.
  • Anecdotal research has its place in design.
  • The hazards of hospitalization including excessive bedrest, and what happens physiologically when you put someone in bed.
  • Hazards of Hospitalization of the Elderly medical paper by Dr. Mortan Creditor, MD from the Annals of Internal Medicine. (See show notes for link to paper.) 
  • The Canadian campaign PJ Paralysis is a simple idea with a huge impact.
  • What advice Diana has for interior designers interested in the specialty of healthcare, and who are also afraid of it.
  • The pros and cons of new voice technology being tested to help patients in the hospital room. 

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