Psychosocially Supportive Design as a Theory and Model to Promote Health

Jul 01, 2005

Psychosocially Supportive Design presents a possible paradigm for health promulgation by design within the physical environment, generally and in particular within healthcare facilities. It is offered as a theory and framework to guide healthcare designers and planners. The salutogenic approach provides a basic theoretical framework for Psychosocially Supportive Design. Design qualities noted include: access to nature; art; colors; sound of music and nature; lighting; access to pets; use of culture; familiarity; creating landmarks and references in buildings; aesthetics; harmonious and cheerful color; social interaction and neighborhoods; spatial composition and articulation; and, provision of inviting spaces for social support.

Alan Dilani, Ph.D. (International Academy for Design and Health)
Presented at: 
Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition (WCDH 2005, Frankfurt)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
The International Academy for Design and Health

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