"Learning from Each Other: Success Stories and Ideas for Reducing Restraint/Seclusion in Behavioral Health"

Resource Guide Provides Practical Help in Creating a Culture of Safety, Respect, and Dignity, Washington, DC (January 2003)

The American Psychiatric Association, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, and the American Hospital Association Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services have collaborated to identify and publish strategies that are in use throughout the country to lessen the need for restraint and seclusion with psychiatric patients.  Learning from Each Other:  Success Stories and Ideas for Reducing Restraint/Seclusion in Behavioral Health is full of ideas for creative approaches that both clinical and administrative staff members can take today to create and maintain a culture of safety that will lead to improved patient satisfaction and improved quality of care. The goal was to identify a body of high-quality clinical and operational information related to restraint and seclusion that can be shared with the field.  The document was developed with extensive input from behavioral healthcare providers throughout the country – front-line staff members, clinical leaders, behavioral health administrators, and system executives who have been working directly with their patients and their staffs to reduce the use of restraint/seclusion and to improve care within their facilities.



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