Journal article

Behavioral Mapping of Patient Activity to Explore the Built Environment During Rehabilitation

Jannette Maree Blennerhassett, Karen Nancy Borschmann, Ruby Adelaide Lipson-Smith, Julie Bernhardt

herd | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2018


AIM: To explore the use of a rehabilitation-focused behavioral mapping method to identify changes in patient physical activity, location, and social interaction following the relocation of a rehabilitation ward. BACKGROUND: Rehabilitation wards are unique healthcare environments where patient activity is encouraged to improve recovery. Little is known about the impact of building design on patient behavior within a rehabilitation setting. We examined this issue when a rehabilitation ward was relocated without altering other aspects of the healthcare service. METHOD: The setting was a publicly funded inpatient general rehabilitation ward with a separate therapy area. Before and after ward rel..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank patients and staff of Mellor Unit, Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, Austin Health, for their participation; Jan Chamberlain and Audrey Raffelt for assisting to compile data; Jean Tolbize for rendering the floor plans used in this article; and Sharon Kramer for assisting in mapping. During the study, Julie Bernhardt was supported by a NHMRC Senior Fellowship. Ruby Adelaide Lipson-Smith is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health acknowledges the support from the Victorian Government and in particular the funding from the Operational Infrastructure Support Grant.