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Title: Nurses' perceptions toward seclusion and use of restraints for psychiatric patients in Greece
Authors: Lemonidou, Chryssoula 
Priami, Maria 
Merkouris, Anastasios 
Kalafati, Maria 
Tafas, Cheryl 
Plati, Chryssanthi 
Keywords: Europe;Human;Greece;Public health;Mental health;Attitude;Professional experience;Education level;Health staff;Violence;Mental disorder;Seclusion unit;Use;Judgment;Psychiatric nurse
Field: Medical and Health Sciences
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: INO, Saragosse, Espange
Source: The European Journal of Psychiatry, 2002, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 81-90
Journal: The European Journal of Psychiatry 
Abstract: The purpose was to: a) investigate the type of restriction used to suppress violent behaviour of psychiatric patients, b) explore nurse's attitudes toward seclusion and restraints, and c) determine if there is a difference in nurse's attitudes due to their level of education and years of experience. Method: The sample consisted of 190 nurses working in psychiatric wards. The study was conducted in 12 psychiatric wards of five hospitals. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed and statistical analysis was done using descriptive statistics and chi-square test. Results: The most frequently reported restraints included body restriction (42.6%), room isolation (26%), and both (31.1%). The seclusion or restraints are used most often for patient safety (70.5%), behaviour control (23.2%), and for staff convenience (0.5%). Eighty percent of nurses favour restraints, while 16.8% are against. There were no statistically significant differences in nurses' attitudes due to their level of education, or work experience.
ISSN: 0213-6163
Collaboration : Cyprus University of Technology
Rights: © Elsevier
Type: Article
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