A conceptual framework for the domain of evidence-based design. Academic Article uri icon


  • The physical facilities in which healthcare services are performed play an important role in the healing process. Evidence-based design in healthcare is a developing field of study that holds great promise for benefiting key stakeholders: patients, families, physicians, and nurses, as well as other healthcare staff and organizations. In this paper, the authors present and discuss a conceptual framework intended to capture the current domain of evidence-based design in healthcare. In this framework, the built environment is represented by nine design variable categories: audio environment, visual environment, safety enhancement, wayfinding system, sustainability, patient room, family support spaces, staff support spaces, and physician support spaces. Furthermore, a series of matrices is presented that indicates knowledge gaps concerning the relationship between specific healthcare facility design variable categories and participant and organizational outcomes. From this analysis, the authors identify fertile research opportunities from the perspectives of key stakeholders.

published proceedings

  • HERD

altmetric score

  • 75.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Ulrich, R. S., Berry, L. L., Quan, X., & Parish, J. T.

citation count

  • 160

complete list of authors

  • Ulrich, Roger S||Berry, Leonard L||Quan, Xiaobo||Parish, Janet Turner

publication date

  • October 2010