DESIGN: Behavioral Healthcare Design: Designing for Calm

Written by Roger S. Ulrich, The New York Times, January 11, 2013

Efforts to reduce the violence that is prevalent in mental health facilities have focused on identifying potentially aggressive patients and improving staff training and care procedures; however, these methods, while worthy, are clearly not enough. The incidence of violence in care facilities appears to be going up. Research suggests that there is an effective solution that has been largely overlooked: designing hospital spaces that can reduce human aggression.


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