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Restraining good practice : reviewing evidence of the effects of restraint from the perspective of service users and mental health professionals in the United Kingdom (UK)

Cusack, P, McAndrew, SL, Cusack, FPB and Warne, AR 2016, 'Restraining good practice : reviewing evidence of the effects of restraint from the perspective of service users and mental health professionals in the United Kingdom (UK)' , International Journal of Law and Psychiatry .

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Abstract

Safeguarding, balancing the concept of risk with the need for public protection and its implication for the lives of individuals, is an important facet of contemporary mental health care. Integral to safeguarding is the protection of human rights; the right to live free from torture, inhuman or degrading treatment, and having the right to liberty, security, respect and privacy. Professionals are required to recognise all of these rights when delivering care to vulnerable people. In the United Kingdom (UK) there has been growing public concern regarding abusive practices in institutions, with a number of unacceptable methods of restraint being identified as a feature of care, particularly mental health care. In keeping with the service user movement, and following a review of the literature, this paper discusses the evidence regarding restraint from the perspectives of service users and professionals within mental health services and considers the implications for future practice and research. In reviewing the literature findings revealed restraint can be a form of abuse, it’s inappropriate use often being a consequence of fear, neglect and lack of using de-escalation techniques. Using restraint in this way can have negative implications for the well-being of service users and mental health professionals alike.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0160-2527
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: SL McAndrew
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2016 08:32
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2016 08:32
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/38778

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