Research and Education

Research and Education

The work of the organisation and the ideas we promote are evidence backed. Around the world, there are numerous examples of good practice, trials and studies that we can learn from. Collecting the best relevant and practicable findings from research data is the responsibility of the work stream headed by Professor Paula Reavey and Jeff Bartle.

Work in progress (February 2017)

We’re currently focusing on the production of a brochure for the DiMHN conference. This will be an overview of research and will provide a high-level snapshot of relevant findings suitable for a target audience of busy designers and practitioners. We’ll highlight the key issues, the established ideas and those that are just emerging and include information relating to patient and staff experiences.
Talking about the task, Professor Paula Reavey, Professor of Psychology, Honorary Research Consultant: St. Andrew’s Healthcare, Course Director, MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology Director for Postgraduate Research: School of Applied Sciences, said, ‘Research is going on all over the world and keeping track is hard work. That sounds negative, but it’s not – we should be celebrating the amount of interest there is in the connections between design and mental health. It’s a lot of leg
work, but it’s worth it.’

Objectives

  • To develop a systematic research repository containing an up to date and comprehensive list of empirical research papers relating to all aspects of design in mental health
  • To produce a review of all research undertaken in the area of design and mental health that covers design, the built environment and the sociological and psychological aspects of mental health care provision
  • To generate an easy to access research brochure to be delivered to conference delegates at the annual conference, which includes information relating to patient and staff experiences, as well as identifying needs for future research in all aspects of design in mental health care provision
  • To generate an easy-to-access research brochure to be delivered to delegates at the annual conference.
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