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Type: Journal article
Title: Stressed Spaces: Mental health and architecture
Author: Connellan, K.
Gaardboe, M.
Riggs, D.
Due, C.
Reinschmidt, A.
Mustillo, L.
Citation: HERD, 2013; 6(4):127-168
Publisher: Vendome Group LLC
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 1937-5867
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Connellan, K., Gaardboe, M., Riggs, D., Due, C., Reinschmidt, A. & Mustillo, L.
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To present a comprehensive review of the research literature on the effects of the architectural designs of mental health facilities on the users. BACKGROUND: Using a team of cross-disciplinary researchers, this review builds upon previous reviews on general and geriatric healthcare design in order to focus on research undertaken for mental health care facility design. METHODS: Sources were gathered in 2010 and 2011. In 2010 a broad search was undertaken across health and architecture; in 2011, using keywords and 13 databases, researchers conducted a systematic search of peer reviewed literature addressing mental health care and architectural design published between 2005 to 2012, as well as a systematic search for academic theses for the period 2000 to 2012. Recurrent themes and subthemes were identified and numerical data that emerged from quantitative studies was tabulated. RESULTS: Key themes that emerged were nursing stations, light, therapeutic milieu, security, privacy, designing for the adolescent, forensic facilities, interior detail, patients' rooms, art, dementia, model of care, gardens, post-occupancy evaluation, and user engagement in design process. Of the 165 articles (including conference proceedings, books, and theses), 25 contained numerical data from empirical studies and 7 were review articles. CONCLUSIONS: Based on the review results, especially the growing evidence of the benefits of therapeutic design on patient and staff well-being and client length of stay, additional research questions are suggested concerning optimal design considerations, designs to be avoided, and the involvement of major stakeholders in the design process.
Keywords: Evidence-based design; hospital; interdisciplinary; literature rview; post-occupancy
Rights: © 2013 Vendome Group LLC
RMID: 0020135161
DOI: 10.1177/193758671300600408
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