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Wednesday, September 18, 2019  |  8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Under Duress: How Environmental Design Affects Staff Security in Healthcare Facilities

Soheyla Mohammadigorji
, University of Florida
Sheila J. Bosch, PhD, EDAC
Assistant Professor, Department of Interior Design, University of Florida
Shabboo Valipoor
Assistant Professor, University of Florida

Statistics show an alarming increase in violence against healthcare providers. One study showed that over 78% of physicians experienced some degree of workplace violence over 12-month period. Physical violence against nurses has been called “an endemic problem affecting nurses in all settings” around the world. Poor environmental design has been identified as a risk factor for violence toward employees in healthcare settings. NIOSH recommends environmental factors be considered to reduce risk of violence against healthcare workers. Presenters will share design strategies, identified through a systematic literature review, that you can utilize to help prevent or mitigate violence against healthcare workers and improve their physical and psychological safety.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review current literature related to workplace violence against healthcare workers, including in emergency departments
  2. Review environmental design attributes that impact type II workplace violence
  3. Discuss implications of healthcare facility design guidelines to reduce violence
  4. Identify environmental attributes in your (or your client’s) facilities that may increase the risk of violence against healthcare providers


SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH