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Health Place ; 33: 83-9, 2015 May.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25796009


We examine emotional reactions to changes to medical spaces of care, linked with past experiences. In this paper we draw on findings from a qualitative study of the transfer of psychiatric inpatient care from an old to a newly built facility. We show how the meanings attributed to 'therapeutic landscapes' from one׳s past can evoke emotions and memories, manifesting in ideas about nostalgia, solastalgia, salvage and abandonment, which can impinge on one׳s present therapeutic experience. We reflect on how consideration of these ideas might contribute to better future design of psychiatric inpatient facilities and the wellbeing of those using them.

Emoções , Arquitetura Hospitalar/métodos , Hospitais Psiquiátricos , Humanos , Transtornos Mentais/psicologia , Transtornos Mentais/terapia , Pesquisa Qualitativa
Soc Sci Med ; 97: 104-11, 2013 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24161095


This paper reports on research framed by theories of therapeutic landscapes and the ways that the social, physical and symbolic dimensions of landscapes relate to wellbeing and healing. We focus especially on the question of how attributes of therapeutic landscapes are constructed in different ways according to the variable perspectives of individuals and groups. Through an ethnographic case study in a psychiatric hospital in the North of England we explore the perceived significance for wellbeing of 'smoking spaces' (where tobacco smoking is practiced in ways that may, or may not be officially sanctioned). We interpret our findings in light of literature on how smoking spaces are linked to the socio-geographical power relations that determine how smoking is organised within the hospital and how this is understood by different groups using the hospital building. We draw on qualitative research findings from discussion groups, observations, and interviews with patients, carers and staff. These focused on their views about the building design and setting of the new psychiatric hospital in relation to their wellbeing, and issues relating to smoking spaces emerged as important for many participants. Creating and managing smoking spaces as a public health measure in psychiatric hospitals is shown to be a controversial issue involving conflicting aims for health and wellbeing of patients and staff. Our findings indicate that although from a physical health perspective, smoking is detrimental, the spaces in which patients and staff smoke have social and psychological significance, providing a forum for the creation of social capital and resistance to institutional control. While the findings relate to one case study setting, the paper illustrates issues of wider relevance and contributes to an international literature concerning the tensions between perceived psychological and psychosocial benefits of smoking vs. physical harm that smoking is likely to cause. We consider the implications for hospital design and the model of care.

Atitude do Pessoal de Saúde , Atitude Frente a Saúde , Arquitetura Hospitalar , Hospitais Psiquiátricos , Pacientes Internados/psicologia , Transtornos Mentais/terapia , Fumar/psicologia , Humanos , Pesquisa Qualitativa , Apoio Social , Resultado do Tratamento , Reino Unido
Soc Sci Med ; 91: 122-9, 2013 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-23261254


Although there has been a shift toward treatment in the home and the community, in the UK, inpatient facilities are still important in modern mental health care. 'Informal carers', including family members, often play an essential role, not only in providing care in the community but also in care of patients during periods of hospitalisation. UK National Health Service policies increasingly consider the position of these carers as 'partners' in the care process, but relatively little attention has been paid to their position within the hospital settings where treatment is provided for inpatients. This paper contributes to geographical work on carers experiences, by reporting how this issue emerged through a study focused on perceptions of a newly built hospital, compared with the inpatient facilities it replaced. We draw on qualitative research findings from discussion groups and interviews with informal carers. The material considered here focused especially on carers' views of aspects of the hospital environment that were important for wellbeing of carers and the people they look after. The carers' views were supplemented by relevant material drawn from other interviews from our wider study, which included service users and members of hospital staff. These accounts revealed how informal carers experienced the hospital environment; we interpret our findings through a conceptual framework that emphasises carers' experiences of a 'journey' along a 'caring pathway' to and through the hospital space. This perspective allows us to make a connection between three bodies of literature. The first relates to phenomenological interpretations of one's environmental perception, formed as one moves through the world. The second derives from the literature concerning 'permeability' of hospital institutions. Bringing these ideas together provides an innovative, dynamic perspective on a third strand of literature from health geography that examines hospitals as 'therapeutic landscapes'. The analysis helps to explore the extent to which carers in this study were positioned as 'outsiders' in the hospital space.

Atitude Frente a Saúde , Cuidadores/psicologia , Arquitetura Hospitalar , Hospitais Psiquiátricos/organização & administração , Humanos , Pesquisa Qualitativa , Reino Unido