Degl' Innocenti, A., Wijk, H., Kullgren, A., Alexiou, E. (2020) The influence of evidence-based design on staff perceptions of a supportive environment for person-centered care in forensic psychiatry. Journal of Forensic Nursing
In recent years, there has been a philosophical shift to prioritize a therapeutic social model for long-term forensic psychiatric care over a curative or correctional model which dramatically changes expectations for and demands placed upon the design of the built environment. Research is needed to understand the relationship between the physical environment, provision of care, and workforce outcomes. This study used repeated questionnaires to solicit staff perceptions of and experience with the delivery of person-centered care before and after the relocation of three forensic psychiatric hospitals into new purpose-built facilities. The responses to the questionnaires did not produce any statistically significant outcomes but did reveal upward trends in staff perceptions about safety and everyday aesthetic. This study helps to illustrate how the provision of person-centered care is intended to honor those providing as well as receiving rehabilitation and reintegration care and services.