Effects of Healthcare Environmental Design on Medical Outcomes

Dr. Roger S. Ulrich, director of the Centre for Health Systems and Design, Texas A&M College of Architecture, discusses the history and shifting paradigms of health care design and its study. A growing body of evidence links improved patient outcomes with person-sensitive healthcare environment design and composition. Ulrich discusses staff/patient reactions to various materials, composition, and structures such as flooring, windows, light, sound, views, furniture arrangements, multiple vs. single-occupancy rooms, as aspects of an optimum healing environment.

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