Improving the Patient Experience Through the Health Care Physical Environment

Improving the Patient Experience Through the Health Care Physical Environment – March 2016

This HPOE guide, a collaboration with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, explores ways hospital and health system leaders can use the physical environment to improve the patient experience. The guide describes a 'people, process, place' model that will help hospital and health system leaders identify people-centered ways to improve the patient experience of care through:

  • establishing a culture of caring;
  • implementing process improvements, such as processes that support patients and staff; and
  • making improvements to the place of care, including the hospital physical environment, technology and furniture.

By working with this model, hospitals and health systems can take a more holistic approach to improving the patient experience.

The guide includes case studies; a hospital leader checklist; a template for using the people, process and place model; a detailed table outlining eight domains of care measured by the HCAHPS survey with observed relationships to the physical environment; and additional resources list.

View an archive of the webinar here.

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Updated on November 27, 2017