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Building or designing your own professional office can range from a nightmare to, at best, an intriguing challenge. It offers the physician an opportunity to create a personal working environment where space is adapted to his needs rather than having to make do with an already existing office. However, building a new structure or renovating an older one is a voyage through dangerous shoals, one not to be undertaken lightly. For physicians with the courage and tenacity to proceed with building, both the pitfalls and pleasures are considerable; the end result can be a uniquely personal office that is customized to bring satisfaction to the physician, staff, and patients, or it can be a succession of interminable headaches.
Few physicians have in-depth knowledge of how to plan space utilization, what the costs involved are, or even what questions to ask to decide whether or not to proceed with construction. Designing
Callan JP. Designing and Building Your Own Professional Office. JAMA. 1982;247(5):689. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320300085039
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