Developing the Research Roadmap
hospital is a human invention and as such can be reinvented any
Leland R. Kaiser, Ph.D
US is starting one of the largest hospital buildings booms in its
history, with a projected $200B or more in new hospital construction
over the next 10 years, shaping US healthcare for decades. At the
same time, healthcare organizations are seeking to transform themselves:
provide higher quality care, become safer, become more efficient
and provide better experiences for patients, families and staff
body of rigorous scientific research* demonstrates that the appropriate
design of the built environment is an important tool in this transformation
of healthcare. However, while healthcare environments research is
rapidly expanding, it is scattered, idiosyncratic and opportunistic.
It has not yet developed an active community of researchers or the
translational mechanisms needed to generate or apply the research
necessary to support this massive building program.
effort assembles key stakeholders-researchers, healthcare providers,
professional organizations, designers, academicians, philanthropy-to
develop a roadmap for support of this field so that it serves the
needs of building and operating healthcare facilities of the 21st
first step, Healthcare Environments
Research Summit 2006: Developing the Research Roadmap,
assembles 50 senior thought leaders February 8-9, 2006 to explore
High-priority research directions: What are key research
topics and directions relevant to policy, design and facility management?
Pipeline: What is the current state of the "pipeline" from research to application:
the research infrastructure and community;
support for application in design, facility management and regulation;
support for researcher-end user communication?
Call to action: What are some short-term and mid-term actions
where strategic partnerships between philanthropy, researchers,
academia, designers, healthcare providers and professional organizations
might make a significant difference?
* From "The Role of the Physical Environment in the Hospital of the
21st Century" by Roger Ulrich and Craig Zimring (2004). Published
by The Center for Health Design with funding from The Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation. Read full article