Designing better healthcare environments: Interprofessional competencies in healthcare design

Gerri Lamb, Craig Zimring, Joshua Chuzi, Diane Dutcher

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There has been considerable interest in bridging educational programs in the United States across healthcare, architecture, industrial design, and human computing disciplines to design more effective and safer healthcare environments. New combinations of professionals including those outside the traditional healthcare disciplines are coming together to solve quality and safety problems and to re-envision the physical and social design of healthcare organizations. Little is known about the knowledge and skills essential to integrate these diverse perspectives and pose innovative solutions. A set of seven interprofessional competencies were identified through review of the literature, interviews of faculty and leaders in the field, and experience of the authors teaching interprofessional courses in healthcare design. The relevance and feasibility of these competencies were assessed through expert review by faculty and consultants and implementation in multiple courses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)422-435
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2010


  • Competencies
  • Education
  • Healthcare design
  • Interprofessional

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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