Design Details for Health

Wiley Series in Healthcare and Senior Living Design

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Praise for Design Details for Health

"Cynthia Leibrock and Debra Harris have developed a vitally important reference. They draw upon and compile a rich source of evidence that supports the application of specific research-based details for particular health-related settings."—From the Foreword by Dr. Wayne Ruga, AIA, FIIDA, Hon. FASID

The revised edition on implementing design details to improve today's health care facilities—an inspiring, comprehensive guide

In this significantly revised second edition, Cynthia Leibrock and Debra Harris offer up-to-date information on design details that can improve patient outcomes and user experience by returning authority to the patient, along with fascinating case studies and research demonstrating the positive role design can play in reducing health care costs. Design Details for Health, Second Edition offers contemporary examples showing how design can improve patient comfort and independence, and demonstrates how to design highly functional health care facilities that operate at peak performance. The book addresses a range of health care facility types including hospitals, ambulatory care, wellness centers, subacute care and rehabilitation, adult day care and respite, assisted living, hospice, dementia care, and aging in place. This Second Edition includes:

  • The latest research, which was only anecdotal in nature as recently as a decade ago, illustrating how design through evidence produces measurable outcomes

  • Real-world case studies of a range of excellent health care facilities that have been designed and built in the twenty-first century

  • Updated contributions with leading practitioners, researchers, and providers conveying how design has a positive impact on health care delivery

When design empowers rather than disables, everybody wins. Sensitive to the needs of both patients and providers, Design Details for Health, Second Edition is essential reading for today's architects, interior designers, facility managers, and health care professionals.

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About the author

CYNTHIA A. LEIBROCK, MA, ASID, HON. IIDA, is an award-winning author, an international lecturer, and a designer with more than thirty years of experience. Her mission is to improve the lives of older and disabled people through design. The principal and founder of Easy Access to Health, LLC, in Colorado, she has taught courses at Harvard University Graduate School of Design for the past ten years. She is also the coauthor of Beautiful Barrier-Free: A Visual Guide to Accessibility and Beautiful Universal Design, both from Wiley.

DEBRA HARRIS, PhD, is President of RAD Consultants, focusing on evidence-based strategic planning for health care systems, architects, designers, and product developers. She is a consultant with more than twenty-five years of practice, specializing in health care facility design, assimilating research into evidence-based strategies, and environmental forensics. Her research focuses on environmental factors affecting patients, families, and health care workers, including patient and health care staff outcomes, infection control and transmission, and cost implications of the physical environment.

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Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Feb 15, 2011
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Pages
320
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ISBN
9780470926840
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Language
English
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Genres
Architecture / Interior Design / General
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Environmental sustainability issues, plus indoor and outdoor spaces

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Human Dimension and Interior Space is the first major anthropometrically based reference book of design standards for use by all those involved with the physical planning and detailing of interiors, including interior designers, architects, furniture designers, builders, industrial designers, and students of design. The use of anthropometric data, although no substitute for good design or sound professional judgment should be viewed as one of the many tools required in the design process. This comprehensive overview of anthropometrics consists of three parts.

The first part deals with the theory and application of anthropometrics and includes a special section dealing with physically disabled and elderly people. It provides the designer with the fundamentals of anthropometrics and a basic understanding of how interior design standards are established. The second part contains easy-to-read, illustrated anthropometric tables, which provide the most current data available on human body size, organized by age and percentile groupings. Also included is data relative to the range of joint motion and body sizes of children. The third part contains hundreds of dimensioned drawings, illustrating in plan and section the proper anthropometrically based relationship between user and space. The types of spaces range from residential and commercial to recreational and institutional, and all dimensions include metric conversions.

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