A crucial consideration in patient-centered care: the family. Beyond the emotional support patients receive from their loved ones, cultural and spiritual needs make the presence of family beneficial to patient comfort and improved health outcomes. Newer design elements reflect this concept.
There has been enormous focus on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on healthcare, which is, in turn, affecting healthcare design. A primary trend is patient-centered care. More and more consideration is being given to patient comfort and making the patient experience as pleasant as possible.