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Trends in Seclusion Practice in the Newcastle Area

  • Peter Thompson (a1)
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The use of seclusion in psychiatric hospitals has been declining over the last century due to the development of other methods of managing disturbed behaviour and more successful treatment of illnesses predisposing to disturbed behaviour. Pressure from society has come in the form of the ‘open door’ movement and legislation such as the Mental Health Acts of 1959 and 1983 and may also have promoted less restrictive management of patients or simply produced a shift of the site of management from hospitals to prisons. Guidelines from the Mental Health Act Commission have recently been formulated and may continue this process.

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1. Royal College of Psychiatrists (1980) Secure Facilities for Psychiatric Patients: A Comprehensive Policy. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists.
2. Thompson, P. (1986) Seclusion: The use of seclusion in the Newcastle area. British Journal of Psychiatry, 149, 471474.
3. Fottrell, E. (1980) A study of violent behaviour among patients in psychiatric hospitals. British Journal of Psychiatry, 136, 216221.
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Trends in Seclusion Practice in the Newcastle Area

  • Peter Thompson (a1)
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