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Design features that reduce the use of seclusion and restraint in mental health facilities: a rapid systematic review

Sanne Oostermeijer, Catherine Brasier, Carol Harvey, Bridget Hamilton, Cath Roper, Andrew Martel, Justine Fletcher, Lisa Brophy

BMJ OPEN | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2021

Abstract

Increasing efforts are being made to prevent and/or eliminate the use of seclusion and restraint in mental health facilities. Recent literature recognises the importance of the physical environment in supporting better outcomes in mental health services. This rapid review scoped the existing literature studying what physical design features of mental health facilities can reduce the use of seclusion and physical restraint. DESIGN: A rapid review of peer-reviewed literature. METHODS: Peer-reviewed literature was searched for studies on architectural design and the use of restraint and seclusion in mental health facilities. The following academic databases were searched: Cochrane Library, Medl..

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Based on work funded by The NSW Ministry of Health, brokered by the Sax Institute