The Artists Circle team has spent the last few months filling any free time with a self-imposed educational curriculum, learning about something called Evidence-based Design (EBD for those acronym happy folks). Despite its fancy name, EBD is a pretty simple concept. It is a field of study utilizing statistics/studies, which show the actual effects (“evidence”) certain design schemes can have on patients and staff in healthcare settings. In a nutshell, studies have found that calming nature images are universally accepted across cultures and patients of different ages. Carefully identified art pieces have been proven to aid in stress reduction, lessening pain, and positively contributing to the overall patient experience. We’ve put our educational findings to practice with two of our clients: over a dozen Inova Health Systems specialized care facilities, and at the new Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, where every single patient room has a piece of framed art.