Psychosocially Supportive Design as a Theory and Model to Promote Health
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.