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Evidence-Based Design

Inform design with research

The Center for Health Design (CHD) defines evidence-based design (EBD) as “the process of basing decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes." Appropriately applied, an evidence-based design process can result in improvements in a variety of organizational metrics, including clinical outcomes, safety indicators, patient satisfaction, and financial performance. Our clients who have applied EBD principles have seen: 

Facility Operator Benefits

  • Increased client satisfaction
  • Improved occupancy + financial performance
  • Increased employee retention
  • Job efficiencies
  • Reduced absenteeism

Occupant Benefits

  • Improved wayfinding
  • Improved satisfaction
  • Heightened well-being
  • Reduced stress
  • Increased safety

Examples of Applied Evidence-Based Design
Langlade Hospital: Through the use of applied EBD best practices, patient falls were reduced by 40% in this new critical access replacement facility.
D.N. Greenwald CenterA review of EBD literature supported a staff-only core model with dual access exam rooms to reduce medical errors, reduce patient falls, reduce wait times and increase patient and staff satisfaction.