Mental health facility design: The case for person-centred care

Golembiewski, Jan A. (2015) Mental health facility design: The case for person-centred care. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 49(3), pp. 203-206.

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Abstract

There is a schism between a growing chorus for person-centred models of care and the prevalent paradigms for the design of mental health facilities. This argument proposes that architectural solutions have traditionally been geared around staff-centred concerns like ease of patient management. It suggests that the demands for person-centred models of care are important because evidence suggests that the physical environment is a causal factor in mental illness, and that even minor concessions towards person-centred models of care consistently exert a disproportionate and sustained positive influence on the behaviour of mental health patients. While the traditional mental health unit layout is unsatisfactory for person-centred care and effective recovery, other approaches that have been well tested and found to be effective is described along with a statement about subtle details that will improve facilities for all users.

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ID Code: 82813
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Architecture, Design, Healthcare, Psychiatry
DOI: 10.1177/0004867414565477
ISSN: 1440-1614
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Deposited On: 26 Mar 2015 22:32
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2015 02:48

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