Design Can Reduce Staff Burnout

Posted by on Feb 8, 2019 in Featured Artists and Inspirations
Design Can Reduce Staff Burnout

Thomas Knittel

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 emergency department (ED) physicians were feeling the impact of burnout. And while the ED is just one area of a healthcare facility, all departments and spaces should be examined to properly address this pervading issue.

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 modernize healthcare organizations locally, regionally, and internationally, improving patient experience and outcomes. 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,