Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Effects of interior design on wellness: theory and recent scientific research

Effects of interior design on wellness: theory and recent scientific research

Ulrich, Roger S. “Effects of interior design on wellness: theory and recent scientific research.” Journal of Health Care and Interior Design 3 (1991): 97-109.

“To promote wellness, healthcare facilities should be designed to support patients in coping with stress. As general compass points for designers, scientific research suggests that healthcare environments will support coping with stress and promote wellness if they are designed to foster: 1. Sense of control; 2. Access to social support; 3. Access to positive distractions, and lack of exposure to negative distractions; A growing amount of scientific evidence suggests that nature elements or views can be effective as stress-reducing, positive distractions that promote wellness in healthcare environments. In considering the needs of different types of users of healthcare facilities–patients, visitors, staff–it should be kept in mind that these groups sometimes have conflicting needs or orientations with respect to control, social support, and positive distractions. It is important for designers to recognize such differing orientations as potential sources of conflict and stress in health facilities.”

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Keywords: health, mental health, conditions of confinement