Seclusion backed for psychotic patients

Most aggressive, psychotic patients can be successfully managed by seclusion rather than prolonged physical restraint, a randomised trial suggests.

Making seclusion the initial choice for these patients did not increase medication use, staff workload, or the overall time patients spent in constraints, the hospital-based study found.

Two-thirds of aggressive patients could be managed entirely with a non-restrictive approach, suggesting it was a viable option in most cases, the researchers said

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