[From involuntary restraint to the subject "containing himself"]

Soins. 2021 Oct;66(859):61-64. doi: 10.1016/j.soin.2021.08.020. Epub 2021 Aug 24.
[Article in French]


An alternative approach to restraint in psychiatry? The literature on the use of restraint in psychiatry reveals that it is mainly used against patients' will. An alternative way of restraining a patient in anticipation of a crisis situation is proposed through the calming effect of holding (psychoanalytical concept) and sensory integration (neurosciences). Offering patients a method of "voluntary restraint" could partly restore their autonomy.

Keywords: autonomie; autonomy; consent; consentement; contenance; contention; controverse; controversy; droit; ethics; experimentation; expérimentation; holding; neurosciences; psychiatrie; psychiatry; restraint; right; éthique.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Psychiatry*
  • Restraint, Physical*