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Locked inpatient units in modern mental health care: values and practice issues


Cleary, M and Hunt, GE and Walter, G and Robertson, M, Locked inpatient units in modern mental health care: values and practice issues, Journal of medical ethics, 35, (10) pp. 644-6. ISSN 0306-6800 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2009 by the BMJ Publishing Group

DOI: doi:10.1136/jme.2008.027888


Locked inpatient units are an increasing phenomenon, introduced in response to unforseen abscondences and suicides of patients. This paper identifies some value issues concerning the practice of locked psychiatric inpatient units. Broad strategies, practicalities and ethical matters that must be considered in inpatient mental health services are also explored. The authors draw on the published research and commentary to derive relevant information to provide to patients and staff regarding the aims and rationales of locked units. Further debate is warranted in relation to best practice. Inpatient staff need to be aware of their practice values, be able to access education and supervision and negotiate apparent contradictions. Further patient/clinician focused enquiry is necessary to mitigate the negative and stigmatising effects of locked mental health units.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mental health nursing, research, acute inpatient care
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:108393
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-04-19
Last Modified:2016-11-09

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