FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
Health care professionals are an integral part of the design process, and they should always have a voice in the design of their spaces. Design thinking is an effective tool that health care professionals may use to fully engage in the development of new solutions.
DESIGN THINKING FOR HEALTHCARE
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.
See Dr. Thompson’s study, Caring for Care Teams: Nurses Thriving and Innovating by Design.
Contact us to request a design thinking session or design training for your health care team.
PRINCIPLES OF PATIENT-CENTERED DESIGN
Patient-centered design supports the practice of patient-centered care by creating environmental conditions that facilitate healing. The following principles may be applied to health facility design to engage patients.
Facilitate Communication, Collaboration and Trust
Encourage Patient and Family Participation
Promote Safety and Security
Provide Accessible Accommodations
Create a Comfortable Environment
Support Staff’s Goals through Design
Look for Design Opportunities to Respond to Unmet Needs
Learn to host design thinking sessions in your project’s pre-design phase.
Participants will identify the value of design thinking 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.
Practice design thinking as a pre-design activity for facilities projects.Review the process of co-designing with patient and families to improve the environment of care.Identify the value of design thinking in understanding the lived experiences of staff, patients and families to inform the design process.Review an exemplar of design thinking with nurses.