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Journal Article
Study

Patient safety begins with proper planning: a quantitative method to improve hospital design.

Birnbach DJ, Nevo I, Scheinman SR, et al. Quality & safety in health care. 2010;19:462-5.

Usability testing, a key component of human factors engineering, is the process of testing new technology under real-world conditions in order to identify potential safety hazards. This usability study examined the effect of different architectural designs for patient rooms on physicians' use of hand hygiene.