Designing physician offices to support caregivers

Designing physician offices to support caregivers

Physician office

The physician office should be a safe harbor for the patient and for private and lower-stress conversations between caregiver and patient.

Patient-centered policies and business models are fundamental to the future healthcare delivery system. Thus, the physician office should be a safe harbor for the patient and for private and lower-stress conversations between caregiver and patient.

Design considerations

There are several design considerations for designing staff rooms:

  • These spaces do not have to be assigned private offices but if unassigned must be easily reservable by physicians.

  • Especially if shared (unassigned) an adaptable private office space with ergonomic seating and a height-adjustable worksurface can be easily adjusted to fit all users’ physical needs, reducing physical strain and stress, improving the quality of staff experience.

Spending hours at a desk can greatly affect overall well-being, based on how well a space is set up. If a desk or chair is not set up properly, this can have a negative impact on health and productivity.
- Dr. Mike O'Neill
Ergonomics is the study of people in their work environment. Ergonomics focuses on modifying the work environment to fit the employee, rather than the employee to the work environment.
- Dr. Mike O'Neill

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