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Reasons for physically restraining patients and residents: a systematic review and content analysis
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-17, 02:49 authored by Evans, D, Fitzgerald, MA
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.
Publication titleInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
Department/SchoolSchool of Nursing
PublisherPergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
Place of publicationThe Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, England, Ox5 1Gb