Psychiatric Patients Experiences with Mechanical Restraints : An Interview Study

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Psychiatric Patients Experiences with Mechanical Restraints : An Interview Study
Author(s) Lanthén, Klas ; Rask, Mikael ; Sunnqvist, Charlotta
Date 2015
English abstract
To examine psychiatric patients’ experience of mechanical restraints and to describe the care the patients received. Background. All around the world, threats and violence perpetrated by patients in psychiatric emergency inpatient units are quite common and are a prevalent factor concerning the application of mechanical restraints, although psychiatric patients’ experiences of mechanical restraints are still moderately unknown. Method. A qualitative design with an inductive approach were used, based on interviews with patients who once been in restraints. Results. This study resulted in an overbridging theme: Physical Presence, Instruction and Composed Behavior Can Reduce Discontent and Trauma, including five categories. These findings implicated the following: information must be given in a calm and sensitive way, staff must be physically present during the whole procedure, and debriefing after the incident must be conducted. Conclusions. When mechanical restraints were unavoidable, the presence of committed staff during mechanical restraint was important, demonstrating the significance of training acute psychiatric nurses correctly so that their presence is meaningful. Nurses in acute psychiatric settings should be required to be genuinely committed, aware of their actions, and fully present in coercive situations where patients are vulnerable.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/748392 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Hindawi
Host/Issue Psychiatry Journal;
Volume 2015
ISSN 2314-4327
Pages 748392
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19507 (link to this page)

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