Salutogenic architecture in health care settings

Golembiewski, Jan A. (2017) Salutogenic architecture in health care settings. In Mittelmark, Maurice B. (Ed.) The Handbook of Salutogenesis. Springer, New York, pp. 267-276.

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Abstract

The term ‘salutogenic’ is widely used in healthcare architecture, even though very few healthcare architects have much of a handle on what the term means. Here, we clarify the key concepts of salutogenesis, demonstrate how they work and show how they have been designed into healthcare facilities to yield exemplary results.

The central idea is that there are three resources that combine to provide a Sense of Coherence—a forward thrust that resists the entropic forces of illness and infirmity. The sense of coherence is made up of resources that improve manageability—the capacity to maintain homeostasis and physical function; resources that improve comprehensibility—an ability to negotiate circumstances in order to maximise their benefit; and resources that enrich a sense of meaningfulness—the desires, causes and concerns that give us the need to resist illness in the first place

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ID Code: 84765
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Salutogenesis, Health Care Architecture, Medical Architecture, Design
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-04600-6_26
ISBN: 978-3-319-04599-3
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Copyright Owner: © 2017
Deposited On: 14 Jun 2015 23:18
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2016 03:09

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