The practice of seclusion: a review of the discourse on its use

Ramluggun, Pras, Chalmers, Charlotte and Anjoyeb, Mahmood (2018) The practice of seclusion: a review of the discourse on its use. Mental Health Practice, 21 (7). pp. 17-23. ISSN 1465-8720

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Seclusion is an intervention used as a safety measure to manage patients who are violent, show disturbed behaviour and who pose a risk of harm to others (Department of Health 2015). However, it is perceived as a contentious practice and, with the move towards treating people with mental health issues in the least restrictive environment, it has received much criticism. Consequently, there has been considerable debate about its therapeutic value and a call for it to be phased out. This article outlines the purpose of seclusion, and examines evidence on its use in adult mental health settings and its effect on nurses and patients, with emphasis on the interpersonal nature of nursing care during this intervention.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: ethical practice, mental health, rapid tranquilisation, restrictive practices, seclusion, therapeutic relationships
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 17 May 2018 08:46
Last Modified: 17 May 2018 08:46

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