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Should Restraints be Used in Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Treatment?
It would be better to decrease the use of restraint since it puts great physical and psychological burdens on the patients. There are other management techniques that we could adopt to lessen the harm to the patients.
Restraint can also be experienced as ‘
, resulting in dehumanisation, fear and distress.
Adolescents' body might be more sensitive to adversal effects of restraints, since their growth has not ended yet.
many other options
that should be tried before using restraints, such as behavior therapy, cognitive-behavior therapy, problem-solving therapies, psychodynamic therapy, parent training programs and family therapy.
Patients can be sedated instead of restrained, when having an episode.