This paper presents a systematic conduct of post-occupancy evaluation (POE) for polyclinic facilities at public hospitals.
This is a mixed design research, where a review of literature was utilized, to qualitatively synthesize POE research on healthcare facilities. Three polyclinic facilities at Saudi Arabia were then assessed. The assessment was systematically conducted by the utilization of surveys and relative importance indices to solicit the experts’ and users' perspectives. The research included the conduct of physical measurements and walkthroughs inspections. Lastly, focus group meetings were conducted to generate recommendations that would improve the built environment conditions of polyclinic facilities.
The research identified unsatisfactory zoning, indoor air quality and concerns related to installations of different systems. Performance elements and subsequent indicators were identified and evaluated for their significance. The knowledge of these, enables the systematic conduct of POE, by exemplary case studies, for the managers and decision-makers of polyclinic facilities.
This research presents a comprehensive approach for the systematic conduct of POE at polyclinic facilities. The research enriches the literature and fulfils a contextual gap. The recommendations serve to enhance feedforward, the design and management of healthcare facilities.
The authors thank King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals for the support and facilities that made this research possible.
Salaheldin, M.H., Hassanain, M.A. and Ibrahim, A.M. (2021), "A systematic conduct of POE for polyclinic facilities in Saudi Arabia", Archnet-IJAR, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 344-363. https://doi.org/10.1108/ARCH-08-2020-0156
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