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Physical restraint of the hospitalized elderly: perceptions of patients and nurses.
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PMID:  3368353     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Twenty elderly restrained patients and their primary nurses (N = 18) were studied to determine (a) the subjective impact of physical restraints on the patient and (b) the nurses' beliefs about use of restraints. Despite reported cognitive impairments, patients vividly described anger, discomfort, resistance, and fear in response to the experience of physical restraint. The decision to restrain posed a conflict between protection of the patient and beliefs about professional behavior for the nursing staff. Lack of interdisciplinary collaboration in decisions to use a physical restraint was also apparent. The findings suggest that the use of physical restraint is not a benign practice and support the need for developing alternatives more consistent with professional practice and quality care.
N E Strumpf; L K Evans
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nursing research     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0029-6562     ISO Abbreviation:  Nurs Res     Publication Date:    1988 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-06-14     Completed Date:  1988-06-14     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376404     Medline TA:  Nurs Res     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  132-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; E; IM; N    
Gerontological Nurse Clinician Program, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Behavior Control*
Decision Making
Hospital Bed Capacity, 500 and over
Inpatients / psychology*
Middle Aged
Nursing Care
Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
Patients / psychology*
Restraint, Physical / psychology*
Risk Assessment

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