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The experience of physical restraint: a systematic review of qualitative research


Evans, D and Fitzgerald, MA, The experience of physical restraint: a systematic review of qualitative research, Contemporary Nurse: A Journal for The Australian Nursing Profession, 13, (2-3) pp. 126-136. ISSN 1037-6178 (2002) [Refereed Article]


The objective of this review was to summarise the experience of physical restraint from the perspectives of the person subject to restraint and of their family. A review of interpretive and descriptive research was undertaken that entailed a comprehensive literature search. Studies were included in the review if they provided qualitative data on this experience. An interpretive data synthesis was undertaken to generate a composite description of the experience of restraint. Findings highlight the predominantly negative impact of physical restraint on the person restrained and their family. These findings support the most minimal use of restramt in health care and give voice to a relatively powerless and vulnerable group of people.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:physical restraint, experience, review, synthesis
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Aged care nursing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Fitzgerald, MA (Professor Mary Fitzgerald)
ID Code:64094
Year Published:2002
Deposited By:Nurse Education Unit
Deposited On:2010-06-28
Last Modified:2011-09-30

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