In medical offices, poor design can have a negative impact on patient experience. There's a reason many children are stereotypically afraid of the doctor and the dentist. Bland colors, cheap furniture and a bad layout can make people very uncomfortable, no matter how positive their interaction with doctors and staff may be.
Increasing competition among health service providers is leading many offices to focus more attention on waiting room design, according to the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
"There's a new emphasis on an attractive, inviting environment that conveys the message of comfort and wellness, rather than sterility and illness," Jan Suitso, an interior designer, told the journal.
One of the first steps in improving a waiting area is trading in low-quality furniture for aesthetically pleasing, sturdy items. Office managers should consider shopping for second hand business furniture to find affordable chairs, tables, wardrobes and other furnishings.
Design is more than just office appearance. It also has a lot to do with spacial planning, Suitso added. Decision-makers can save time and money by working with a furniture supplier that can also create the perfect layout design for the medical office setting.
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