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Seclusion and its context in acute inpatient psychiatric care


Cleary, M and Hunt, GE and Walter, G, Seclusion and its context in acute inpatient psychiatric care, Journal of Medical Ethics, 36 pp. 459-462. ISSN 0306-6800 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1136/jme.2010.035402


In acute inpatient mental health services, patients commonly demonstrate extreme behaviours. A number of coercive practices, such as locked doors, enforced medication and seclusion, are used in these settings to control such behaviours. The aim of this report is to explore briefly some of the contemporary debates pertaining to seclusion. A perusal of the literature reveals a clarion call to end the practice of seclusion, without consideration of feasible alternatives. It is hoped that this brief report will encourage further evidence-based discussion and research initiatives on this important ethical topic.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:seclusion, mental health
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:108372
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-04-19
Last Modified:2016-11-09

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