March 1, 2021

Does Space Matter in Mental Health Treatment?

Treating children and adolescents with mental and behavioral health issues is challenging. For those seeking treatment, care must be of the highest quality. Research suggests therapeutic environments can positively influence the patient experience. Treatment, culture, and care models that place emphasis on enhancing the relationship between patients and staff rather than on controlling patients are a growing standard of care and have greater effectiveness when supported by a therapeutic environment.

The groundbreaking University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital Mental Health Unit renovation used evidence-based design strategies to enhance the organization’s care model, uncovering a better understanding of the link between the physical environment and the healing process for children and adolescents facing mental health challenges. After completing the inpatient renovation, the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and BWBR partnered to conduct a post-occupancy study focused on how the design elements and spaces influenced calm feelings for patients.

Related Perspectives