Design Quality in the Context of Healthcare Environments: A Scoping Review
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2017

Objective: We explored the conceptof design quality in relation to healthcare environments. In addition, we present a taxonomy that illustrates the wide range of terms used in connection with design quality in healthcare. Background: High-quality physical environments can promote health and well-being. Developments in healthcare technology and methodology put high demands on the design quality of care environments, coupled with increasing expectations and demands from patients and staff that care environments be person centered, welcoming, and accessible while also supporting privacy and security. In addition, there are demands that decisions about the design of healthcare architecture be based on the best available information from credible research and the evaluation of existing building projects. Method: The basic principles of Arksey and O'Malley's model of scoping review design were used. Data were derived from literature searches in scientific databases. Atotal of 18 articles and bookswere found that referred to design quality in a healthcare context. Results: Design quality of physical healthcare environments involves three different themes: (i) environmental sustainability and ecological values, (ii) social and cultural interactions and values, and (iii) resilience of the engineering and building construction. Design quality was clarified herein with a definition. Conclusions: Awareness of what is considered design quality in relation to healthcare architecture could help to design healthcare environments based on evidence. To operationalize the concept, its definition must be clear and explicit and able to meet the complex needs of the stakeholders in a healthcare context, including patients, staff, and significant others.

healthcare architecture

evidence-based design

hospital design and construction

design quality


A. Anaker

Karolinska Institutet

Hogskolan Dalarna

A. Heylighen

KU Leuven

Susanna Nordin

Hogskolan Dalarna

Karolinska Institutet

Lena Marie Elf

Chalmers, Arkitektur


1937-5867 (ISSN)

Vol. 10 136-150