A systematic literature review of persuasive architectural interventions for stimulating health behaviour

Coosje Hammink (Research Group Architecture in Health, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Arnhem, The Netherlands)
Nienke Moor (Research Group Architecture in Health, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Arnhem, The Netherlands)
Masi Mohammadi (Department of Architecture Building and Planning, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands)

Facilities

ISSN: 0263-2772

Publication date: 5 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This systematic literature review focusses on original research that examines the effect of persuasive architectural interventions on stimulating health behaviour. This paper gives an overview of the empirical evidence and aims to examine the evidence for health behaviour change through architectural interventions and the underlying theoretical pathways and mechanisms using social cognitive theory.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper reviewed 40 peer-reviewed articles found through Scopus, Google Scholar, Web of Science, PubMed and a supplementary hand search and examined for effect, type of interventions, type of behaviour and underlying mechanisms using social cognitive theory.

Findings

This review shows that architectural interventions can stimulate healthy behaviour. However, much of the research focusses on specific health behaviours (physical activity), in specific target groups (children or older adults) and with specific types of interventions (supplying provisions). Furthermore, the effect of the physical environment on cognitive factors should be taken into consideration.

Research limitations/implications

Hardly any research on smart architectural interventions for health behaviour change exists, but combining insights from product design and built environment has the potential to impact designing for health behaviour change.

Originality/value

Stimulating certain types of health behaviour can positively contribute to health goals and has been the focus of many health promotion practitioners over the years. The focus of health promotion interventions has primarily been on social and psychological factors. However, current research shows the importance of the physical environment as an influence on health behaviour. Potentially, with the use of smart technology, this effect could be enhanced.

Keywords

Citation

Hammink, C., Moor, N. and Mohammadi, M. (2019), "A systematic literature review of persuasive architectural interventions for stimulating health behaviour", Facilities, Vol. 37 No. 11/12, pp. 743-761. https://doi.org/10.1108/F-07-2017-0065

Download as .RIS

Publisher

:

Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2019, Emerald Publishing Limited

To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below

You may be able to access this content by logging in via Shibboleth, Open Athens or with your Emerald account.
To rent this content from Deepdyve, please click the button.
If you think you should have access to this content, click the button to contact our support team.