Thomas Knittel, a design principal at HDR’s Seattle’s office shares his thoughts on the ability of design to reduce staff burnout. His perspective is thoughtful and I agree with him. Healthcare designers have a real opportunity to improve health outcomes for staff and other healthcare providers.
Burnout, It’s an Epidemic
Medscape’s “Lifestyle Report 2017” found that nearly 60 percent of
Healthy Buildings for Healthy Outcomes
As we continue to understand the importance of healthy buildings on health outcomes and their impact on provider burnout, it becomes imperative that we design facilities that aid in the improvement of physical and mental performance in demanding settings.
Design Elements that Provide Relief
Introducing elements of nature or supporting circadian rhythms through lighting, alongside essential air quality and daylight access. These are just a few ways to provide relief and improve clinicians’ health and wellness.
Marie Wikoff is the creator of Wikoff Design Studio based out of Reno, Nevada. Her expertise in healthcare design has helped develop modern design for healthcare organizations locally, regionally and internationally. Her credentials include Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC), American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designer (CHID), the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) and LEED AP. Contact Marie Wikoff
Source: DiNardo, Anne. “Perspectives.” HCD Magazine, 2018, www.healthcaredesignmagazine.com/trends/perspectives/take-5-with-thomas-knittel/.