Healing Environments, What's The Proof?

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Overview: Healing Environments What s the Proof? Americans believe when they become sick, diseased or injured, they need medical attention to be cured. We have long associated curing with healing; believing that to be cured is to be healed. It is our expectation that medical facilities are healing environments. However, are they? Can a place heal? Can it be proved? Healing environments, continue to be defined and with new qualities including safety, security, accessibility, sustainable and now evidence-based design . Evidence-based design has become the new design tool of choice. Barriers can be mitigated, allowing elements such as better lighting, art programs and even water features to be specified with evidence that these amenities can actually improve patient outcomes, and even reduce operating costs. Evidence-based design proves the value of healing environments. The goal of this book is define the characteristics of a healing environment suggesting ten essential components: place, change, people, comfort, senses, knowledge, empowerment, biophilia, spirit and experience. Secondly, observe these elements within their natural setting. Third, view humanity s natural ability to heal. Fourth, inquire and act upon supporting evidence. And fifth, engage in the transformational model of healing through the experience. In addition, Dr. Wan contributing author adds the final chapter summarizing the current research in evidence-based design. Evidence-based design, like evidence-based medicine has the power to move design to a new level of understanding and value. This book provides defining evidence that supports the latest scientific proof regarding the power of healing environments.

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Barbara J. Huelat, AAHID, ASID, IIDA is internationally acclaimed for her groundbreaking award-winning work and personal creative sensitivity for the design of healthcare environments. As a practicing Interior Designer, she has personally served over 200 healthcare organizations with visionary solutions for patient/family/staff-friendly spaces. Her spectrum of clients includes the Mayo Clinics, the National Cancer Institute of Japan, the National Institutes of Health, ER One: a Pebble research project at the Washington Hospital Center and currently, the Potomac Hospital in suburban Virginia. Her talents for creating healing spaces have long been recognized by the American Society of Interior Designers, The American Hospital Association and the American Institute of Architects. Barbara is a founding board member of the Center for Healthcare Design, and is National President of the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers, a credentialing organization established to create professional performance standards for this unique design specialty. A popular teacher and speaker, Barbara lectures regularly for a variety of professional design, medical and consumer audiences in a wide spectrum of venues. Her second book, Healing Environments: What s the Proof? follows her authorship of Healing Environments: Design for the Mind, Body and Spirit . The latter has been translated into Chinese for distribution throughout the Orient-a long time established source for Healing philosophies, beliefs and designs. Barbara s many successful projects plus recognition by patients, families, healthcare professionals and designer peers verify her credentials as not only a woman of clarity, depth and vision, but one who translates personal beliefs in healing design principles into building spaces which environmentally impact every sense of our bodies, minds and spirits. She shares the firm of Huelat Parimucha Healthcare Design in Alexandria, Virginia with her healthcare architect husband Joe. For additional information, contact the author by email: bhuelat@healingdesign.com.

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"If we are truly comitted to providing the best outcomes for our patients, then it behooves us at the very least, to investigate, learn and study how the physical environment can augment the traditional clinical sciences to affect optimal clinical outcomes. Barbara Huelat is a leading pioneer in healing environments. My advise for now :Take two looks at the sunset; and call me after you read this book." --Michael P. Pietrzak, MD Lead Scientiest, Project ER One

"Evidence-based knowledge gives users a competitive edge in making policy, clinical administrative and construction decisions that improve personal and public health. Furthermore, through using the ten principles in the design of facilities, environmental improvements will be facilitated by the knowledge gained from best-bractices modeling of determinants and consequences of managed interventions or design strategies." --Thomas T. H. Wan, PhD, Associate Dean of Research, University of Florida

"Barbara Huelat isn't a doctor but she plies her interior design skill to give them what they need at work. As a healthcare designer, she's trying to convince hospital execs that their work spaces should be an extension of and not a hindrance to feeling better." --Neil Adler, Washington Business Journal

"Evidence-based knowledge gives users a competitive edge in making policy, clinical administrative and construction decisions that improve personal and public health. Furthermore, through using the ten principles in the design of facilities, environmental improvements will be facilitated by the knowledge gained from best-bractices modeling of determinants and consequences of managed interventions or design strategies." --Thomas T. H. Wan, PhD, Associate Dean of Research, University of Florida

"Barbara Huelat isn't a doctor but she plies her interior design skill to give them what they need at work. As a healthcare designer, she's trying to convince hospital execs that their work spaces should be an extension of and not a hindrance to feeling better." --Neil Adler, Washington Business Journal

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