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Reasons for physically restraining patients and residents: a systematic review and content analysis

Citation

Evans, D and Fitzgerald, MA, Reasons for physically restraining patients and residents: a systematic review and content analysis, International Journal of Nursing Studies, 39, (7) pp. 735-743. ISSN 0020-7489 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0020-7489(02)00015-9

Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this systematic review was to determine why people are physically restrained in the acute and residential care settings. Method: A comprehensive search was undertaken of electronic databases to identify studies addressing the reasons for using physical restraint. Findings were synthesised using content analysis. Results: Twenty-three studies were identified. The most common reason for using restraints related to patientoriented issues such as ensuring the safety of people. However, they are also commonly used to facilitate treatment, maintain the social environment and because of issues such as understaffing.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Physical restraint; Review; Reason; Justification
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Aged Care Nursing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Nursing
Author:Fitzgerald, MA (Professor Mary Fitzgerald)
ID Code:64161
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:54
Deposited By:Nurse Education Unit
Deposited On:2010-07-01
Last Modified:2010-07-01
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