Studies confirm that the physical environment influences health outcomes, emotional state, preference, satisfaction and orientation, but very little research has focused on mental and behavioural health settings. This book summarizes design principles and design research for individuals who are intending to design new mental and behavioural health facilities and those wishing to evaluate the quality of their existing facilities. The authors discuss mental and behavioural health systems, design guidelines, design research and existing standards, and provide examples of best practice. As behavioural and mental health populations vary in their needs, the primary focus is limited to environments that support acute care, outpatient and emergency care, residential care, veterans, pediatric patients, and the treatment of chemical dependency.

part One|65 pages

Mental and behavioral health context

chapter 2|45 pages

General design considerations

part Two|132 pages

The settings

chapter 3|17 pages

Outpatient facilities

chapter 4|20 pages

Emergency psychiatric facilities

chapter 5|21 pages

Substance use disorder treatment settings

chapter 7|27 pages

Child and adolescent psychiatric care

part Three|29 pages

The research

part Four|21 pages

Guidelines and future directions

chapter 10|13 pages


chapter 11|5 pages