November 9, 2009

Steelcase-funded research at Mayo Clinic finds ways to put doctors, patients on same side of table

By Kelley Luckstein

When patients arrive for an office visit, they frequently find something coming between them and their doctor: a computer screen.opussteelcase Now, a study of healthcare furnishings shows the benefit of turning the tables to bring doctor and patient side by side, to view the screen together…


The “Space and Interaction Trial” studied 63 patient-doctor visits at the Mayo Clinic in Bloomington, Minn., in Fall 2007. Researchers set up a traditional examination room and one equipped with the “collaborative” desk unit…


“What was striking was ... the patient’s ability to access the information that was being displayed on the computer, “Mayo’s Dr. Victor Montori said in a taped interview, “and for physicians to invite patients to see the information, both from their medical record, their radiology exams, as well as from the Internet.”


The Grand Rapids Press by Julia Bauer, 11/9/09

Tags: Innovation (Center of), patient room design, Steelcase

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