Using Evidence to Design Cancer Care Facilities. Academic Article uri icon


  • The nuts and bolts of planning and designing cancer care facilities-the physical space, the social systems, the clinical and nonclinical workflows, and all of the patient-facing services-directly influence the quality of clinical care and the overall patient experience. Cancer facilities should be conceived and constructed on the basis of evidence-based design thinking and implementation, complemented by input from key stakeholders such as patients, families, and clinicians. Specifically, facilities should be designed to improve the patient experience, offer options for urgent care, maximize infection control, support and streamline the work of multidisciplinary teams, integrate research and teaching, incorporate palliative care, and look beyond mere diagnosis and treatment to patient wellness-all tailored to each cancer center's patient population and logistical and financial constraints. From conception to completion to iterative reevaluation, motivated institutions can learn to make their own facilities reflect the excellence in cancer care that they aim to deliver to patients.

published proceedings

  • Am J Med Qual

altmetric score

  • 4.85

author list (cited authors)

  • Berry, L. L., Crane, J., Deming, K. A., & Barach, P.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Berry, Leonard L||Crane, Jonathan||Deming, Katie A||Barach, Paul

publication date

  • September 2020