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The value of purpose built mental health facilities: Use of the Ward Atmosphere Scale to gauge the link between milieu and physical environment

Nicholls, Daniel; Kidd, Kevin; Threader, Jennifer; Hungerford, Catherine

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This study investigated changes in the ‘atmosphere’ of an acute adult mental health setting following relocation to a new purpose-built facility. The Ward Atmosphere Scale (WAS) was designed and validated for specific use in hospital-based psychiatric facilities, and measures several dimensions of an environment. In this study, the WAS was administered to consumers and staff at periods before and also after their relocation to a new purpose-built acute adult mental health facility. There were...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorNicholls, Daniel
dc.contributor.authorKidd, Kevin
dc.contributor.authorThreader, Jennifer
dc.contributor.authorHungerford, Catherine
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-24T22:41:41Z
dc.identifier.issn1445-8330
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/98781
dc.description.abstractThis study investigated changes in the ‘atmosphere’ of an acute adult mental health setting following relocation to a new purpose-built facility. The Ward Atmosphere Scale (WAS) was designed and validated for specific use in hospital-based psychiatric facilities, and measures several dimensions of an environment. In this study, the WAS was administered to consumers and staff at periods before and also after their relocation to a new purpose-built acute adult mental health facility. There were significant improvements in the physical atmosphere of the new facility, when compared with the old facility. In terms of ward atmosphere, however, improvements were seen to occur in only a small number of measures and there were minor differences between consumers' and staff perspectives on some indicators. Interestingly, it was found that consumers noted less ‘staff control’ in the new setting, raising the question of the differences in understanding of control. For staff only, there was a perception of greater levels of consumer ‘involvement’ in the new facility. Despite the minor differences in perception, the study does confirm that architecture is an important influence on the ‘atmosphere’ of a health facility, for both staff and consumers
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourceInternational Journal of Mental Health Nursing
dc.titleThe value of purpose built mental health facilities: Use of the Ward Atmosphere Scale to gauge the link between milieu and physical environment
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume24
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor170100 - PSYCHOLOGY
local.identifier.absfor111714 - Mental Health
local.identifier.ariespublicationU3488905xPUB7556
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationNicholls, Daniel, University of Western Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationKidd, Kevin, ACT Government Health Directorate
local.contributor.affiliationThreader, Jennifer, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationHungerford, Catherine, University of Canberra
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage286
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage294
local.identifier.doi10.1111/inm.12138
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:14:21Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84938552773
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