New Report on ‘Critical Issues in Healthcare Environments’ Released


CONCORD, CA – The Center for Health Design (CHD), a nonprofit research, education and advocacy organization, recently announced the release of the Research Coalition's latest research report, “Critical Issues in Healthcare Environments," which is available for free download on CHD's online store.*

In fall 2007, CHD’s Research Coalition embarked on a research initiative to identify and describe the critical issues in health care environments. In this study principal investigators, Uriel Cohen, D. Arch., and David Allison, M. Arch., utilize a rigorous survey methodology to collate the input of national key constituencies on the challenges they face in their work.

Sponsored by Bayer Material Science, Herman Miller, and Frank Zilm Inc., this report represents the culmination of more than two years of effort to provide essential information that can be applied to facility planning, programming efforts and design visioning exercises. Furthermore, this important deliverable will inform the research agenda of the CHD and other national and international organizations.

The Research Coalition plans to provide periodic updates of this information, which will stimulate further industry engagement, and consequently drive the development of a robust research agenda for all of health care design.

*(The complete report, embargoed until February 16, 2010, may be downloaded via this link: "Critical Issues in Healthcare Environments")

About The Center for Health Design
Formed in 1993, The Center for Health Design (CHD) is a nonprofit research and advocacy organization of forward-thinking health care, elder care, design and construction professionals and product manufacturers who are leading the quest to improve the quality of health care facilities and create new environments for healthy aging. The CHD Research Coalition promotes the dissemination of research that contributes to therapeutic, safe, efficient and effective health care settings. The group also strives to support projects that fill critical gaps in the field of evidence-based design (EBD) while growing the network of researchers engaged in EBD by rewarding funds to select EBD research projects. For more information, visit