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Restraints and the code of ethics: An uneasy fit.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20117684     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article examines the use of physical restraints through the four broad principles of ethics common to all helping professions. It asks whether the continued use of physical restraints is consistent with ethical practice through the lens of those principles. It also examines where the necessity to use restraints in the absence of empirically supported alternatives leaves professionals in terms of conflicts between ethical principles and makes recommendations for changes in education and clinical practice. It concludes that an analysis through a bioethics lens demonstrates that the use of restraints as a tool in psychiatric settings is a complex and multifaceted problem. Principles of ethics may often be in conflict with each other in instances where patients must be physically restrained.
Wanda K Mohr
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-08-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of psychiatric nursing     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1532-8228     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Psychiatr Nurs     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-01     Completed Date:  2010-04-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8708534     Medline TA:  Arch Psychiatr Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3-14     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Copyright Information:
2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
UMDNJ School of Nursing, Stratford, NJ 07107-3001, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel
Codes of Ethics*
Conflict (Psychology)
Ethical Analysis
Patient Advocacy / ethics
Patient Selection / ethics
Principle-Based Ethics*
Psychiatric Nursing / education,  ethics*,  methods
Restraint, Physical / adverse effects,  ethics*
Safety Management / ethics
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