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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.

Current News + Events

Current News + Events

Kick-Off of “Realizing Improved Patient Care through Human-centered Design for Pediatric mental and behavioral health in the Emergency Department (RIPCHD.PED)” Project.

The Center for Health Facilities Design & Testing (CHFDT) is kicking-off a large multidisciplinary multiyear project entitled, “Realizing Improved Patient Care through Human-centered Design for Pediatric mental and behavioral health in the Emergency Department” (RIPCHD.PED). The purpose of this Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded patient safety learning lab is to develop pediatric care environments in the ED that promote safe, efficient and effective care by minimizing unnecessary stressors for patients while also improving provider well-being. This project includes a focus on the needs of children and their caregivers from minority communities in order to address disparities in mental and behavioral health (MBH) care in the emergency department (ED). Collaborating institutions include Clemson University (CAAH, Industrial Engineering and College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences), Prisma Health, and the University of South Carolina.

Publications - Hot off the Press

Lusk, C. et al. (2022). Improving safety in the operating room: Medication icon labels increase visibility and discrimination. Applied Egonomics. 104:103831 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2022.103831

Woo, M., Jafarifiroozabadi, R., MacNaughton, P., Mihandoust, S., Kennedy, S., & Joseph, A. (2022). Using discrete choice methodology to explore the impact of patient room window design on hospital choice. Journal of Patient Experience. https://doi.org/10.1177/23743735221107240

Joseph, A., Neyens, D., Taaffe, K., Bayramzadeh, S., Catchpole, K., RIPCHD.OR Study Group. (2022). Understanding "Work as Done": Using a structured video-based observational method to understand and model the role of the physical environment in complex clinical work systems. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal. PMID: 35403456 https://doi.org/10.1177%2F19375867221089271

Satish, U., Joseph, A., & Nanavati, K. (2022). Frontline workers are burnt out. Studies show environment can help. Healthcare Design Magazine, 22(2): 26-27.



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