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The ethical implications and legal aspects of patient restraint.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12621889     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Restraint can be applied in a physical way, via medication or by more subtle means. An attempt by an individual to restrain another is legally justifiable in limited situations, for example to prevent a person committing a crime. In other circumstances, restraint is unjustifiable. It is important, from a legal and moral perspective, to ensure that nursing practice does not involve unjustifiable restraint. This article focuses on restraint within a care setting for older people and highlights the complexity of situations in which restraint may be required and the ethics governing its use.
Dorothy Horsburgh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nursing times     Volume:  99     ISSN:  0954-7762     ISO Abbreviation:  Nurs Times     Publication Date:    2003 Feb 11-17
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-03-07     Completed Date:  2003-03-25     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0423236     Medline TA:  Nurs Times     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  26-7     Citation Subset:  N    
School of Acute Continuing Care Nursing, Napier University, Edinburgh.
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MeSH Terms
Restraint, Physical / ethics*,  legislation & jurisprudence*

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