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Further thoughts on the process of restraint

Winship, G. (2006) Further thoughts on the process of restraint. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, 13 (1). pp. 55-60. ISSN 1365-2850


The physical restraint of a disturbed person is a subject constant of psychiatry and is a challenge that particularly faces nurses working in acute inpatient settings. While other approaches to psychiatric treatment have been discarded (e.g. punishment, blood letting, trepanation, deep insulin therapy and so on) or evolved into new treatments (the use of medication), the act of physical restraint has remained largely unmodified. Given the ubiquity of physical restraint in psychiatry, particularly as a nursing procedure, the absence of a sustained body of research is notable. This essay examines some of the historical underpinnings of the use of restraint in psychiatry brought into sharp focus by the David Bennett Inquiry Report (2003) and the National Institute of Clinical Effective (NICE) guidelines (2005) on the management of violence.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2006 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Keywords: David Bennett inquiry, management of violence, physical restraint
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield) > Mental Health Section (Sheffield)
Depositing User: G Winship
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2014 04:14
Published Version: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j...
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2006.00913.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1121

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