How Can Design Help Address Clinician Burnout?
Source: Sheila F. Cahnman, Healthcare Design Magazine
Physician’s admit that their environment adds to their stress along with workload, work/life balance, clerical work, exhaustion and cognitive dissonance. Poorly designed hospitals only add more stress to these situations. Primarily with retention attitudes, creating positive patient outcomes and also having a positive relationship with colleagues.
It was reported that public spaces where staff can interact and communicate in a comfortable manner, helps for physicians and nurses to feel more at ease during the hectic lifestyles. Conference areas with open spaces and large windows also add a homier feel and contrast the white light operating rooms. Natural light is important in the common rooms along with proper ventilation and some private areas for staff to recharge.
Mercy Health in Michigan added new features to the facilities for burnout physicians. Here are a few:
Open workstations in bright rooms with high ceilings and large windows
Color-coded light wands above each desk to signal their work status, so if they are busy,
can be noted by their coworkers.
Room with a recliner, large window, and nature mural where staff can take a break
A multipurpose conference space that can be flexibly arranged for different sizes and types of meetings.
An onsite lab to help with workflow
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