Use of containment measures in the treatment of underage patients is controversial, and empirical evidence about which containment methods are preferred is lacking. This study aimed to investigate attitudes of staff towards various containment measures in the field of adolescent psychiatry. The sample comprised 128 Finnish nurses and doctors working in closed wards with 13- to 17-year-old patients. The attitudes were studied using the Attitude to Containment Measures Questionnaire. The three methods with the most approval were as-needed medication, transfer to specialist locked wards and mechanical restraint. The method with the least approval was the net bed. Total approval scores for the various containment measures were very similar among nurses and doctors. The differences appeared in attitudes towards mechanical restraint and constant observation, doctors showing a more critical attitude. Women tended to be more critical than men, but only intramuscular medication and mechanical restraint reached statistical significance. The results emphasize the importance of wide-ranging and in-depth training as well as the difficulty of changing practices in psychiatric wards while attitudes are so strongly pro-containment.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Aug 2012|
- Adolescent psychiatry
- Containment measures
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Phychiatric Mental Health