The many acronyms in the Healthcare Design world can intimidate the uninitiated. I recently came across a new one: EDAC. I interviewed Natalie Zensius at the The Center for Health Design to learn more.
What is “EDAC” and why should those interested in the use of Art in HealthCare know about it?
There is growing evidence that positive distractions can impact length of stay and decrease healing time. (Ulrich et al, 2008). The use of art in healthcare settings can play a major role in helping to accomplish those outcomes. Being aware of the fact that there is research being done about art in healthcare is the first step. Understanding how to draw from that research and then in turn create new research that others can use helps strengthen the case that art within healthcare settings can have an impact on both clinical and economic outcomes for healthcare organizations. Given the current economic climate and the quality, safety and reimbursement revolutions that we are seeing in healthcare, these are understandably two things that hospital executives and their boards are very concerned about.
Who should become EDAC Accredited? Should artists? Art consultants?
Art consultants that are working with healthcare facilities would benefit greatly from being accredited, but artists who are engaged to create art for healthcare settings could also find value in the program, since studies have shown that certain types of art are more effective than others at achieving the desired outcome.
Understanding how to find applicable research to validate the use of art, or certain types of art for different facility types and their associated benefits is advantageous when talking with clients. Additionally, the benefits of understanding the entire process increases the value one can bring by giving useful input into design decisions while participating on a project team.
Who shouldn’t become EDAC Accredited?
How many EDAC Accredited people are there now?
How long has EDAC been around? Who started it?
What does it cost to become EDAC Accredited?
What else should my readers know about EDAC?
Firstly, the EDAC program is intended to compliment other industry credentials, not replace them.
Secondly, the program is not about memorizing facts or research, but understanding the EBD process as a whole and then going out and practicing the process in the healthcare industry. We are not trying to make researchers, architects or designers out of everyone. The goal of the program is to institutionalize EBD as an accepted and credible approach to improve health care outcomes.
Study Guide 1 is available for free. Study Guides 2 and 3 cost $85 each, or $150 for the pair.
You can download the Guide online and learn more at the website: www.healthdesign.org/edac
Natalie Zensius is the Director of Marketing and Communications at The Center for Health Design.
To learn more about the many other acronyms in Healthcare, read Design Credentials Explained: click here