Journal article

Application of Theory in Studies of Healthcare Built Environment Research

Michelle M Shannon, S Nordin, J Bernhardt, M Elf

HERD Health Environments Research & Design Journal | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2020


We aimed to examine the nature and extent of theory application in studies of built environment attributes and impact on adults in healthcare facilities. Many varied theories are described when providing the rationale for research into built environments in healthcare. Uncertainty exists around the right theory to frame a research question, alignment with measurement tools, and whether healthcare setting makes a difference. This poses challenges to researchers seeking to build the evidence base for built environment design that benefits patients and staff. Our multidisciplinary review team scoped the literature to determine how theories are used to inform research investigating the impact of..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: M.M.S. is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. J.B. is funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council Fellowship (1058635). ME and SN are funded by Dalarna University.