The Intentional Clinic Environment

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ronan-11-of-22First Day at School, a post from rheumatologist Ronan Kavanagh, sheds some interesting light on our clinical environments.  He writes about a picture on the wall of his office.  How the picture arrived there and the reaction it draws from patients is worth thinking about and the subject of a bigger discussion.

This brief post resonates with me because the accessories in traditional American clinics are universally banal.  It’s always reassuring to see even small pieces of the clinical environment shaped with intent.  It’s these corners that reflect on us as providers and have the most interesting impact on patients.

The stories our spaces tell our patients and as well as the stories that our spaces draw from our patients deserve more attention.