Developing a restraint-reduction program for child/adolescent inpatient treatment

J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs. 2001 Jul-Sep;14(3):128-40. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6171.2001.tb00304.x.


Topic: Meeting mandated guidelines to reduce, if not eliminate, the use of restraints with children and adolescents hospitalized on inpatient psychiatric units.

Purpose: To present eight promising options for restraint reduction with inpatient children and adolescents, and the research that supports their efficacy.

Sources: Review of the literature.

Conclusion: By combining what is known about child/adolescent restraint use with restraint-reduction research in the adult field, several options for restraint reduction can be derived.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / nursing*
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Nurse-Patient Relations*
  • Nursing, Team
  • Patient Admission*
  • Program Development*
  • Psychiatric Department, Hospital
  • Restraint, Physical / psychology*
  • United States