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Title: From is to ought - formalising public sector briefing for hospital buildings
Authors: De Jager, P
Abbott, G
Parsons, S
Keywords: Hospital building
Building performance criteria
Briefing system
Health system performance framework
Public sector hospitals
Health-care building design
Healthcare environment
Construction briefing
American Society for Training and Development
ASTD 2009
Health-care infrastructure
Issue Date: Apr-2009
Publisher: Mindsystems
Citation: De Jager, P, Abbott, G and Parsons, S. 2009. From is to ought - formalising public sector briefing for hospital buildings. 5th Global Conference and Exhibition American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), Cape Town, South Africa, 21-23 April, 2009. pp 1-35
Abstract: Transforming bits of a strategic plan into physical infrastructure requires the preparation of briefing documents for the professional team. This task is both complex and specialised, particularly in the case of health-care infrastructure. Furthermore preparation of a brief lies beyond the scope of work of standard services provided by architects and other built environment professionals. For structural configuration reasons, there are strong variations in the methods to preparing these documents, and strong variations in the resulting building infrastructure. Some formalisation of the briefing system, which may involve a combination of interventions such as installation of national norms, standards, and guidelines, compulsory peer review mechanisms, and human capital development (there are few specialised courses in South Africa to address health-care building design or briefing) may well yield improved hospital buildings. This paper explores the ways in which briefing documents are prepared for public sector hospitals both in South Africa and abroad. Notwithstanding the particular opportunities and challenges of the context, to what extent should South Africa formalise briefing procedures in order to improve hospital buildings?
Description: 5th Global Conference and Exhibition American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), Cape Town, South Africa, 21-23 April, 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/3547
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