The Business Case

+ Evidence-Based and Value-Based Decision Making about Health-Care Design: An Economic Evaluation of the Safety and Quality Outcomes

  • Sagha Zadeh, R., Sadatsaffavi, H. & Xue, R. (In review). Evidence-Based and Value-Based Decision Making about Health-Care Design: An Economic Evaluation of the Safety and Quality Outcomes

End of Life

+ Designing End-of-Life Care Settings to Enhance Quality of Life: Informing the Conversation Among Designers, Users, and Stake Holders

Qualitative research methods were used to decipher the salient elements of palliative care settings that enhance quality of life. Design guidelines in the form of a guidebook were generated from the analyzed data.

  • Eshelman, P., Sagha Zadeh, R., Setla, J. & Krieger, A. (January 20, 2015). “Designing end-of-life care setting to enhance quality of life: Informing the conversation among designers, users, and stake holders,” submitted to Hospice of Central New York, Hospicare of Tompkins County, Francis House, a Social Home Model, and Cayuga Medical Center’s Palliative Care Program.

Space Syntax

+ Rethinking Efficiency in Acute Care Nursing Units

The spatial order of support spaces in acute care spaces was illustrated and compared to caregivers’ workflow patterns using a new design tool called Space Syntax. This tool may be used be designers to increase efficiency, reduce waste and redundancies, particularly by reducing the movement sequences nurses undertake when accessing resources.

  • Sagha Zadeh, R., Shepley, M. M. & Waggener, L. T. (2012). Rethinking efficiency in acute care nursing units: Analyzing nursing unit layouts for improved spatial flow. Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 6(1), 39-65.

+ Space Syntax: Emerging Methods and Tools from Research for Practice

Space Syntax Simulation measures patterns of behavior such as control and visibility, foot traffic, integration, communication or interruption and distance from multiple origins to multiple destinations. This software can be used in the healthcare setting to improve visibility of patients from nursing staions, decrease nurses' walking distance as well as distractions at the point of medication dispensing, and increase ease of access of medication to all patient rooms.

  • “Space syntax: Emerging methods and tools from research for practice” Center of Health Design Conference, San Diego, 2014

Innovation

+ Emergency Department of the Future: A Guideline Addressing Health, Safety & Efficiency

Multidisciplinary, innovative design strategies were created to improve operational effieciency in front-of-house, as well as to reduce patient stress, perceived waiting time, actual waiting time, and violence and aggression.

  • Sagha Zadeh, R. & Gilmore, R. (May 15, 2013). “Emergency department of the future, a guideline addressing health, safety, and efficiency,” submitted to HOAG Healthcare and Jacobs Engineering.

+ Transforming Patient Experience for Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Design strategies were evaluated and created to improve patient experiences, rethink wayfinding, improve healthcare quality at Brigham & Women's Hospital.

  • Sagha Zadeh, R. & Gilmore, R. (May 15, 2014). “Transforming patient experience for Brigham & Women’s Hospital,” submitted to CAMA Design and Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

Workplace Design

+ Workplace design: Design characteristics of healthcare environments: The nurses’ perspective.

The most important characteristics of a work environment that fully support nurse health and performance, as expressed by nursing staff, were identified. The primary needs of staff were found to be adequate space, lighting, furniture and ergonomics, amenities, and organisation and preparedness.

  • Sagha Zadeh, R. Shepley, M. M., Waggener, L. & Kennedy, L. (2013). Workplace design: Design characteristics of healthcare environments: The nurses’ perspective. World Health Design, 80-85.

+ Translational Guide for Workplace Design

The latest science and practice of workplace design were summarized and translated.

  • Sagha Zadeh, R. (January 5, 2015). “Translational guide for workplace design,” submitted to Herman Miller Healthcare & HKS Architects.

+ The impact of windows and daylight on acute-care nurses’ physiological, psychological, and behavioral health

A Quasi-experimental methodology was utilized in this study and findings supported evidence from laboratory and field settings regarding the positive benefits of windows and daylight on acute-care registered nurses. The study indicated that Windows and daylight may result in a possible micro-restorative effect that is manifested by lowered blood pressure, increased oxygen saturation, and positive effects on circadian rhythms and morning sleepiness.

  • Sagha Zadeh, R., Shepley, M. M., Williams, G. & Chung, S. S. E. (2014). The impact of windows and daylight on acute-care nurses’ physiological, psychological, and behavioral health. Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 7(4), 36-62.

Green Healthcare

+ Sustainable healthcare design: Current state, existing challenges, and future trends.

Major existing barriers to instituting green trends in health care exist. The current state of sustainable healthcare design and the role of evidence-based design in accelerating the achievement of sustainable health care facilities is explained and discussed in this article.

  • Sagha Zadeh, R., Xian, X. & Shepley, M. M. (Accepted). Sustainable healthcare design: Current state, existing challenges, and future trends. Facilities.