Medical and Dental Space Planning: A Comprehensive Guide to Design, Equipment, and Clinical Procedures


Jain Malkin, a leader in the field of health care design, president of Jain Malkin Inc, specializing in health care facilities; former instructor, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Book Description

This definitive reference offers detailed analyses of more than thirty medical and dental specialties and their respective space planning requirements. New to the third edition is coverage of new medical specialties including reproductive enhancement, LASIX eye surgery, breast care centers, larger ambulatory centers, and medical oncology. It also offers up-to-date information on digital technology-electronic medical records, digital imaging, diagnostic instruments, and networked communications-and how it impacts the design of medical and dental facilities. You’ll also find out about recent changes in regulatory agency reviews of office-based surgery practices and ADA compliance.

Editorial Reviews


Jain Malkin has long been at the forefront of the movement to transform the environment of health care through research-informed design. Her continual search for positive examples has resulted in wonderful books that should be on every serious practitioner’s shelf. If we are to create new and better places for those working in, or impactd by, the health care field, we have much to learn from pioneers like Jain, and sources like her newest book. (D. Kirk Hamilton, FAIA, FACHA Watkins Hamilton Ross Architects President, American College of Healthcare Architects)This book has been a definitive reference on space planning of medical and dental facilities for decades. Its timely new edition will keep designers and practitioners ahead of the challenging developments transforming today’s healthcare facilities and practices. (Bill Rostenberg, FAIA, FACHASmithGroup, Incorporated)Jain’s book has been the icon of well-planned healing environments for almost two decades. There is nothing like it as a stimulus and a resource in the design industry. This new edition builds on the stylishness, completeness and quality of earlier editions and updates us on robotics, digital radiography, and other technologies impacting planning and environmenta quality. Of particular interest is the redesign of primary care by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement. (Derek Parker, FAIA Senior PrincipalAnshen & Allen Architects)As a principal of interior design for a national architecture/planning/engineering/interior design firm specializing in healthcare design, I regard Jain Malkin’s books as invaluable resources. They address complex medical specialties and technologies, presenting them in a comprehensive and organized fashion that informs and educates. We look forward to this new edition of “Medical and Dental Space Planning” as I know it will become the “go-to resource” in our library for staff at all levels.(Joanne MacIsaac, IIDA, IFMA Vice President/ Principal Interior Design TRO/THE RITCHIE ORGANIZATION)

From the Back Cover

THE DEFINITIVE REFERENCE ON MEDICAL AND DENTAL OFFICE DESIGN, IN A NEW EDITION, FOCUSING ON THE TECHNOLOGY WAVE THAT IS TRANSFORMING HOW PHYSICIANS AND DENTISTS PRACTICE”This book has been a definitive reference on space planning of medical and dental facilities for decades. Its timely new edition will keep designers and practitioners ahead of the challenging developments transforming today’s healthcare facilities and practices.”–Bill Rostenberg, FAIA, FACHA // SmithGroup, Incorporated”The field of advanced reproductive technology is relatively new. This book is the first to detail the complexities of designing to meet the clinical needs and the maze of compliance issues.”–David Smotrich, MD // Smotrich Center for Reproductive EnhancementMedical and Dental Space Planning is an indispensable guide to the myriad of details that make a medical or dental practice efficient and productive. The unique needs of more than thirty specialties, as well as primary care, are explained in the context of new technology and the many recent regulatory and compliance issues influencing design. Concepts are also presented for sports medicine facilities, ambulatory surgical centers, endoscopy suites, radiation oncology, diagnostic imaging, clinical labs, breast care centers, and large clinics.An “inside look” at what goes on in each specialist’s office will familiarize readers with medical and dental procedures, how they are executed, and the types of equipment used. Technology has radically altered medical and dental practice: digital radiography, electronic medical records, and digital diagnostic instrumentation all have major implications for facility design.The information is organized to make it easy to use and practical. Program tables accompany each medical and dental specialty to help the designer compute the number and size of required rooms and total square footage for each practice. This handy reference can be used during interviews for a “reality check” on a client’s program or during space planning. Other features, for example, help untangle the web of compliance and code issues governing office-based surgery.Illustrated with more than 580 photographs and drawings, Medical and Dental Space Planning, Third Edition is an essential tool for interior designers and architects, as well as practice management consultants, physicians, and dentists.

Customer Reviews

Perfect Guide for a New Physician Office!, February 13, 2008

This book is Excellent in every regard! A MUST HAVE for anyone thinking of planning a medical or dental office space. It is very detailed with great photos! The author provides great resources as well through her company’s website. It is definitely worth the investment!

Excelent source of information, May 7, 2006

This book is excenlent describes the medicasl procedures and what spaces to design for them, covers radiology, surgical suites, nuclear medicne and medical spaces for dentist it was a big help , an it even comes with plant layouts that you can really see how the facilities work!

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 664 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (April 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471385743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471385745
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds


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