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Design for Behavioral and Mental Health: A Universal Approach & Benefit Analysis

February 2018
The Center For Health Design

About this tool

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.  By evaluating the system-wide impact of potential design features, you will be able to purposefully accentuate benefits and reduce risks to other populations and conduct a more accurate benefit analysis. This tool is intended for use as part of a broader evidence-based design process, in which designers engage with stakeholders to:

  • Identify the unmet needs of patients with BMH conditions
  • Consider other populations that might benefit from (or be harmed by) design features that address these needs
  • Select and implement design features to meet the needs of patients with BMH comorbidities, maximizing benefits and minimizing harm.
  • Evaluate outcomes and share learning to help advance the evidence base.

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