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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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Allison, D., Machry, H., & Joseph, A. (2021). Design Insights from a Research Initiative on Ambulatory Surgery Operating Rooms in the U.S. Instituto de Pesquisas Hospitalares (IPH) Magazine 17, 212-229, ISSN 2358-3630.

Joshi, R., Joseph, A., Ossmann, M., Taaffe, K., Pirrallo, E., Allison, D., & Perino, L.C. (2021). Emergency Physicians’ Workstation Design: An Observational Study of Interruptions and Perception of Collaboration During Shift-End Handoffs. HERD: Health Environments Research and Design Journal, 1-20.

Mihandoust, S., Pati, D., Lee, J., & Roney, J. (2021). Exploring the Relationship Between Perceived Visual Access to Nature and Nurse Burnout. HERD: Health Environments Research and Design Journal, 1-16.

Joshi, R., Joseph, A., Mihandoust, S., Hoskins, L., O'Hara, S., Dye, C. J., & Chalil Madathil, K. (2021). Understanding Key Home and Community Environment Challenges Encountered by Older Adults Undergoing Total Knee or Hip Arthroplasty. The Gerontologist.

Joseph, A., Chalil Madathil, K., Jafarifiroozabadi, R., Rogers, H., Mihandoust, S., Khasawneh, A., McNeese, N., Holmstedt, C., & McElligott, J. (2021). Communication and Teamwork During Telemedicine-Enabled Stroke Care in an Ambulance. Human Factors.


Dr. Joseph along with Dr. Ellen Taylor from the Center for Health Design are editing a special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) titled Improving Patient and Staff Safety through Evidence-Based Healthcare Design. The paper submission deadline has been extended to June 30, 2021. Details can be found here:

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