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Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc.

Design with Patients in Mind

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W06 - Nurses Embracing the Co-Design Process

Saturday, October 23, 2021: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Today’s nurses have a more sophisticated understanding of the design process. They are included in co-design initiatives and considered part of the design team. Many hospitals are employing design thinking, a creative problem solving approach, to enable all stakeholders to engage in the development of new solutions. This work is inclusive, with participation from clinical and non-clinical staff, patients, and families.

Design thinking is a logical precursor to the design and construction process, enabling design professionals to lead clients to discover the solutions that would work best for their operational goals. This session will present examples of design thinking within health care. Participants will identify its value in the pre-design process as well as its advantages in capturing necessary cultural, workflow, and patient experience data to inform design and construction. In an interactive workshop with nurses and designers, participants will practice co-design with a common health care challenge.

This workshop is hosted by: Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc.

Learning Objectives

1. Practice design thinking as a pre-design activity for facilities projects.

2. Review the process of co-designing with patient and families to improve the environment of care.

3. Identify the value of design thinking in understanding the lived experiences of staff, patients and families to inform the design process.

4. Review an exemplar of design thinking with nurses.

The Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc. was founded by Patients and Design Professionals with the purpose of giving patients a voice in the development of the healing environment. Healthcare providers, medical staff, and design teams spend countless hours defining the requirements of a healthcare facility. Although these are key individuals to develop a successful project, the end users - patients - are often excluded from this process.


The Institute strives to improve the environment of care by addressing the needs of patients through design. Our mission is to contribute to the quality of healthcare delivery through patient-centered design advocacy, education and research.  

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