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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 693-697

Alternatives to use of restraint: A path toward humanistic care

1 Department of Psychiatry, Mysore Medical College and Research Institute, Mysore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Psychiatry, Spandana Health Care, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Prof. Bevinahalli Nanjegowda Raveesh
Department of Psychiatry, Mysore Medical College and Research Institute, Mysore - 570 001, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_104_19

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Restraint and seclusion are measures to restrict the movement of a person. The predominant reason cited for the use of restraint in mental health settings is the safety of the staff and the patient in times of aggression and to control problem behaviors. However, there have been significant issues in terms of ethics, rights of the patient, and the harmful effects of restraint. Recently, there has been a move in Western countries to decrease its use by incorporating alternative methods and approaches. In India, the Mental Healthcare Act of 2017 advocates the use of least restrictive measures and alternatives to restraint in providing care and treatment for person with mental illness. In this context, approach to restraints is all the more relevant. This article looks to overview the types of restraints, complications of restraints, and the alternatives to restraint in diverse settings.



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