Shepley, M. M., Peditto, K., Sachs, N. A., Pham, Y., Barankevich, R., Crouppen, G., Dresser, K. (2021) Staff and resident perceptions of mental and behavioural health environments. Building Research & Information
There is broad support for using the built environment as a therapeutic tool for advancing health outcomes. Understanding how features within the environment contribute to outcomes, however, is less clear. This study evaluated staff and patient perspectives related to the importance and the effectiveness of various environmental attributes within four mental and behavioral health care settings. In general, staff and patients achieved consensus for the rated importance of environmental attributes, but effectiveness ratings resulted in significant differences. This study exemplifies a commitment to engaging staff and patients in mental and behavioral health settings as equal contributors for insight related to the designed environment.