Six Ways EDAC Principles Shape Healthcare Art Programs
Scholars have been fascinated by the power of the built environment on healthcare outcomes since the mid-1800s. Florence Nightingale, known as the founder of modern nursing, was the first to document sanitation and stress on wartime mortality rates and applied her findings to British soldiers during the Crimean War, plunging death rates from 42% to 2%. Her contributions to modern medicine have inspired countless scholars to follow in her footsteps to cultivate the data-driven world of healthcare we live in today.
Today’s healthcare consumer is using published patient outcomes to drive their decision-making process. Physicians are increasingly being compensated based on quality data and measurable patient experience data. Hospital administrators use clinical results to develop protocols for daily operations. Just as these groups are using data to support their decisions, healthcare art consultants practicing evidence-based design (EBD) make informed choices rooted in research, data and professional expertise.
EBD practices have been formalized and compiled by the Center for Health Design into an educational tool known as the Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification program, commonly known as EDAC. Collaborating with architects, designers, healthcare leadership and staff, EDAC certified healthcare art consultants bring a higher level of accuracy and scientific rigor to strategically shape the most positive healthcare environment and promote meaningful and improved healthcare outcomes.
This white paper outlines six ways art consultants can use EBD to create effective project and client-based art programs with measurable outcomes. Whether you’re collaborating with a healthcare art consultant or creating a hospital art program on your own, download this white paper to understand how using EDAC principles can ensure your process is rooted in evidence-based design.