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The Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing is one of the 55 South Carolina Centers of Economic Excellence (SC CoEE) for a multi-disciplinary approach to solving problems in the health and design fields. The Health Facilities Design and Testing Center is using interdisciplinary design research to improve health care environments through better architecture and building design. Research at this Center focuses on two main areas: how the design of health care facilities affects the delivery of health care and how to create architectural settings that better serve the health and well-being of patients and staff. Researchers at this Center study the relationship between the physical healthcare environment and clinical outcomes; population health outcomes; patient, family and staff satisfaction; operational efficiency; and the ability to accommodate change. The Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing supports two endowed chairs – the endowed chair in Architecture + Health Design and Research at Clemson University and the Endowed Chair in Healthcare Human Factors Research and Practice at the Medical University of South Carolina.

As the SmartState Endowed Chair in Architecture + Health Design and Research, Dr. Anjali Joseph serves as the Director for the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing.

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Highlights of the collaborative work between the Center for Health Facilities Design & Testing and the Medical University of South Carolina.

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Mihandoust, S., Joseph, A., Chalil Madathil, K., Rogers, H., Jafarifiroozabadi, R., Ahmadshahi, S., Holmstedt, C., & McElligott, J. (2021, Nov 11). Comparing sources of disruptions to telemedicine-enabled stroke care in an ambulance. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1177/19375867211054759

Mihandoust, S., Joseph, A., Kennedy, S., MacNaughton, P., & Woo, M. (2021, October 12). Exploring the relationship between window view quantity, quality, and ratings of care in the hospital. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health. 18(20): 10677 https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182010677

Joseph, A., Mihandoust, S., Wingler, D., Machry, H., Allison, D., & Reeves, S. (2021). Comparing user perceptions of surgical environments: Simulations in a high-fidelity physical mock-up versus a postoccupancy evaluation. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1177/19375867211044733

Joseph, A., Neyens, D., Mihandoust, S., Taaffe, K., Allison, D., Prabhu, V., & Reeves, S. (2021). Impact of surgical table orientation on flow disruptions and movement patterns during pediatric outpatient surgeries. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health. 18, 8114. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18158114

Joseph, A., Joshi, R., Mihandoust, S., Goel, S., Hebbar, K., & Colman, N. (2021). Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) patient room design: Identifying safety risks in mirrored rooms through a graphical systems analysis. Health Environments Research & Design Journal. 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1177/19375867211032921

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