Departmental Research Projects
Publication detailsCurtis, S., Gesler, W., Priebe, S. & Francis, S. New spaces of inpatient care for people with mental illness: a complex "rebirth" of the clinic? Health and Place. 2009;15:340-348.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 1353-8292
- DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2008.06.007
- Keywords: Psychiatric hospitals, Relational geography, Stigma, Risk, Hospital design.
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Author(s) from Durham
This paper examines the implications for design of inpatient settings of community-based models of care and treatment of mental illness. The study draws on ideas from relational geographies and expands interpretations based on Foucault's writing. We analyse material from a case study which explored the views of patients, consultants, and other staff from a new Psychiatric Inpatient Unit in a deprived area of East London, UK. We discuss in particular: the tension between providing a caring and supportive institutional environment and ensuring that patients are returned to the community when they are ready; the links between an acute inpatient facility and its local community; the potential significance of the psychiatric hospital as a relatively stable feature in the otherwise insecure and unpredictable geographical experience of people with long-term mental illnesses. We discuss the relevance of these issues for design of new psychiatric inpatient facilities.