HKS (Dallas) and the Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF; Irving, Texas), a nonprofit organization founded by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP; Irving), have awarded a research grant to the Health Design Lab at Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia) to examine how emergency department (ED) design can impact staff stress and burnout.

The Health Design Lab’s study will focus on the multiple factors creating stress while also providing tools and processes for redesigning existing ED spaces. Dr. Jason Matthew Fields, associate professor of emergency medicine and research director for the Health Design Lab at Thomas Jefferson University, and Alan Price, director of the Center for Immersive Media at University of the Arts will serve as the research project’s lead investigators.