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Is it correct to use amenity=hospital for the grounds of a mental institution? If not, what is correct for one?

asked 05 Dec '13, 02:44

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edited 05 Dec '13, 13:22

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amenity=hospital is a good start.

One way to refine it further is health_specialty=psychotherapy/psychiatry. It comes from the healthcare 2.0 proposed feature, which has seen some criticism and may not yet be ready for prime-time, but seems to be the only comprehensive proposition and sees some traction.

The other option I know of is healthcare=psychotherapist / psychiatrist from the older healthcare proposed feature. It's a bit simpler and is slightly more frequent in the db.

Unless you have a strong preference for healthcare 1 or 2, I suggest you tag both, as their tags do not collide and you'll reach a wider "audience" since neither scheme has clearly "won" yet.

That said, most mental institutions are much more lightweight than a hospital. amenity=social_facility is often a better fit, and includes a fairly well-used social_facility:for=mental_health.

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answered 05 Dec '13, 12:58

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edited 05 Dec '13, 13:24

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Actually, there seem to be zero use of healthcare=psychotherapist/psychiatrist in the db either. So it looks like social_facility and healthcare 2.0 are the only psy* schemes in actual use.

(05 Dec '13, 13:04) Vincent de P... ♦

Today there are 900 healthcare=psychotherapist vs. 40 health_specialty=psychotherapy. I recommend to avoid the healthcare 2.0 draft and rely on established schemas

(14 Nov '17, 21:22) iii

Most mental institutions would be overseen by medical doctors specializing in psychiatry, so psychotherapy wouldn't be the right field. I think healthcare:speciality=psychiatry is the proper tag in this case.

Probably with emergency=no to indicate that the hospital does not have an emergency room.

(15 Nov '17, 20:46) maxerickson

Another option is to append "Psychiatric Hospital" to it's name= Tag

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answered 05 Dec '13, 10:10

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Don't subvert the name tag, respect what the place is actually called.

(05 Dec '13, 12:28) Vincent de P... ♦

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