Healing Design

Introduction:  In recent years it has been observed that different scientific disciplines have come together to provide solutions to problems in different areas. An example of this is the linkage between the architecture of health and environmental psychology, through the concept of healing environments in which it is assumed that physical spaces encourage recovery processes and humanize spaces to care for health.

Aim: To identify scientific evidence that proves the effects of architectural design on physical and psychological health.
Method. Non-experimental, longitudinal. It consisted in searching of literature in medical and psychological databases such as MedLine, PsychInfo, Embase and ScienceDirect, in which scientific evidence of the effects of architectural design on physical and psychological health would be found.

Outcomes. Several scientific articles talk about the effects of how health care environments with an architectural design to ease recovery processes and psychological well-being of patients.

Conclusions: There is scientific evidence in which it is verified that architecturally enriched physical features, help to improve recovery processes and psychological well-being in patients. Although, the present findings show a positive relationship between design and physical and psychological health, it is necessary to do a lot of research to accurately identify what are the needs at the architectural level according to sociodemographic characteristics such as gender and age and morbidity, to begin to create the first design guides.