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Behavioral & Mental Health Toolbox


 

Introduction

 
The Center is happy to announce the launch of the new topic toolbox: Behavioral & Mental Health. Each toolbox contains a library of newly-created and Center staff-curated content - research findings, expert insights, strategies, tools, and other useful resources.
 
Behavioral and mental health (BMH) conditions affect one of five adults in the U.S. each year, and are even more common among patients receiving care for medical conditions. Up to 45% of patients admitted to the hospital for a medical condition or presenting to the emergency department with a minor injury also have a concurrent BMH condition. These BMH comorbidities increase the risk that psychological harm may occur during care. Providing these patients with a healing, therapeutic environment should be an important goal for health design. Design interventions aimed at improving the psychological well-being of patients with BMH comorbidities may be more cost-effective than they initially appear, because they can be leveraged to support improved well-being for other populations as well, including other patients, staff, and visitors. 
 

The New Behavioral & Mental Health Toolbox Contains:

 

An Issue Brief and Executive Summary

 “Design for Behavioral and Mental Health: More than Just Safety”, an executive summary and issue brief, provides design strategies for promoting psycholgical wellness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the spectrum of behavioral and mental health, (BMH), conditions includes anxiety, attention deficit disorders, autism spectrum disorders, bipolar disorders, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and suicide, among others. Up to 45% of patients admitted to the hospital for a medical condition or presenting to the emergency department with a minor injury also have a concurrent BMH condition. These BMH comorbidities increase the risk of psychological harm associated with care.

Four Written Interviews


Three Video Interviews with Jeffrey Mural, AIA, EDAC

 

One Project Brief


Universal Approach Tool

Design for Behavioral and Mental Health: A Universal Approach & Benefit Analysis
Design interventions to improve well-being for patients with behavioral and mental health (BMH) conditions will often have impacts on other populations, as well (e.g., staff, visitors, non-BMH patients who use the same facility). This tool will help you consider those broader impacts and incorporate them into an evidence-based process for a universal design approach. 

 


Eight Online Courses (EBD Journal Clubs & Webinars)


Three EDAC Advocate Firm Case Studies

 


Click here to view all Behavioral & Mental Health Toolbox resources 
 


 

For the latest research, physical design strategies and methodologies that support improved care for behavioral health, join us September 27, 2018 in Baltimore for "Behavioral Health—Strategic Facility Design Innovations that Improve Treatment Outcomes, Safety and the Bottom Line Workshop", more information here.



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