The Ambulant Psychiatry

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The Ambulant Psychiatry of Odense, Denmark is going to join each other in a new house.

There´s just one problem: nobody knows where this house is going to be placed precisely, how big it´s going to be and how it´s going to be designed. Not to mention what kind of effect this will have on the work processes of the personnel and the treatment of the patients. The only safe things was, that there was a need of a process that lead to a building programme by involving the users.

So what do you do? Well, you try to understand the people and the needs in relation to the new architecture as well as you create a co-creation process. Therefore a research and co-creation process was launched involving both qualitative and quantitative research. The condensed research knowledge was then presented and integrated into four idea and concept workshops, whose purpose was to provide innovative ideas for interior design, service design, workflow, and patient care and flow. All in all this was going to lead to a number of user-based functional descriptions in the building programme.

The qualitative research in the form of ethnographic field studies using observation and interviews were carried out on all locations, while the quantitative research was conducted via GPS technology on two of the locations, where a number of employees were asked to wear a transmitter that recorded their location and movement in the rooms of the cadastral. The GPS-transmitters was carried in the pockets of the employees while (satellite-)tags was placed in various rooms.

The combination of qualitative and quantitative research, as well as the co-creation process at the four workshops, created a unique and innovative opportunity for the Ambulant Psychiatry of Odense to become aware of their recognized and unrecognized needs, as well as to influence the building programme in new ways, and even to them self: with new needs.

Nikolaj Bebe carried out this project as an employee and project manager for The Health Innovation of Southern Denmark (SDSI) and was responsible for designing, co-executing and co-analysing the research results, delegating tasks to other SDSI-personnel and communicating the results of the research work as well as designing and facilitating three of the four workshops. The work was conducted in close collaboration with The Psychiatry Building Secretariat of the Region of Southern Denmark.

The results of the work are summarized in a report written and designed by Nikolaj Bebe.

Read and download the report here…