Author(s): Strumpf NE, Evans LK
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Abstract 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.
This article was published in Nurs Res
and referenced in Journal of Nursing & Care