More than a decade ago, a team of mental health professionals initiated a study that would eventually show that an 82% reduction in a psychiatric hospital’s rates for seclusion and restraint use could be achieved within a relatively short time, simply by making the physical environment more aesthetically pleasing.

In a report published in Psychiatric Services in Advance, the researchers updated their data to show whether their intervention method can sustain such a reduction in use of seclusion and restraint over an extended period of time. 

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