Patient-Population Based Design: A Needs-Assessment Approach for Designing Healthcare Environments

Mar 02, 2015

Patient-population based design has been employed in a range of completed facilities, encompassing acute to long-term care and serving specific patient populations as diverse as rehab and dementia care. This paper presents the use of patient-population based design in an outpatient setting. The patient population for this new facility is a learning case due to the variation of patient needs. The primary tool for this process is a population-based matrix; a template of this tool is included for readers’ use in their institutions. This article outlines the concept and illustrates a case study utilizing this design process.

This article originally appeared in The Academy Journal, published by the AIA Academy of Architecture for Healthcare (17th edition).

Sharon E. Woodworth, AIA, ACHA
The Academy Journal of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH)
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The American Institute of Architects

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