Music as Medicine

George Stroumboulopoulos (Strombo) had a post on his website this past week that described the effects of music on premature babies. Strombo writes: Traditional lullabies and favourite songs (slowed down to resemble lullaby) were played or sung for the babies, along with rhythm therapy such as a whooshing of the ocean or a heartbeat. Researchers […]

CMHC Research Highlight: Grab-bar Preferences Study

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) sent a link to a Grab-Bar study in their e-newsletter this week. The study’s objectives were to: 1) determine if and how people actually use toilet grab bars; 2) determine which configuration was more effective in facilitating safe toilet transfers; 3) determine if the grab bar configuration used had an influence on […]

All in the details: A day at the Canadian International Autoshow!

quirkycity’s photostream on Flickr. My husband and I went to the Canadian International Autoshow again this year. You can find some of my detail shots at my Flickr site photostream. For me this year, it was all about the details. The show had everything from car sections, to engine blocks below, to a rolling car […]

Hospital Design and Build Resource

I found some interesting articles at – India’s Exclusive Hospital Infrastructure Business Portal  – and thought I’d share them with you. You can read them on their “Hospital Design and Build” page. Of particular interest, I found the summary article “Top 10 Evidence-Based Design Features that Improve Healthcare Outcomes” engaging, as it was co-written […]

Course: The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness

I’m taking a 6-week online course through Coursera on The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness. Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We envision a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands […]

Day-lit Operating Rooms, Commitment Rules and a Case Study

A few articles on healthcare caught my attention this week.Two are about architecture and one is about the policies surrounding commitment for mental illnesses. Sunny Disposition by Green Health Magazine  In one of my LinkedIn groups, someone asked whether or not having naturally lit Operation Rooms was beneficial. It sparked a whole series of comments […]

Lean Healthcare – a New Evidence-Based Design Strategy?

The first quarter issue of the Patient-Centered Design Online Newsletter is up and features an article on Lean design for healthcare. I’ve often wondered what Lean Design is. It is a derivative of manufacturing experience, specifically that of the Toyota Production System (TPS). According to Tammy S. Thompson: “Lean design is a system that focuses on […]

Environmental Design and Construction: May 2012 Highlights

I signed up for Environmental Design and Construction (EDC) and received the May Issue the other day. Two articles stuck out to me in this 113 page magazine. 1. The Shape of Healthcare, by Derrick Teal The Upper Cumberland Regional Health Facility (UCRHF) is: Owned by the State of Tennessee, the new construction of this 50,000-square-foot facility building […]

Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The first mental health strategy for Canada

Monday, the Mental Health Commission of Canada announced the first mental health strategy for Canada. Formed in 2007 by Canada’s Conservative government, the Commission has a number of studies, including creating a comprehensive plan for preventative mental health care across Canada. I can’t find the actual report, though I am looking forward to reading it when […]