The use of restrictive measures in an acute inpatient child and adolescent mental health service

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    Abstract

    There are significant issues associated with the use of restrictive measures, such as seclusion and restraint, in child and adolescent mental health care. Greater understanding of how restrictive measures are used is important for informing strategies to reduce their use. In this brief report we present a 12-month audit (1/1/2010-31/12/2011) of the use of restrictive measures (seclusion, physical restraint) in one child and adolescent acute inpatient mental health unit in Australia. The study highlights the need for continued efforts to reduce the use of restrictive measures in child and adolescent mental health services.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)389-391
    Number of pages3
    JournalArchives of Psychiatric Nursing
    Volume28
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014

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