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Reducing Seclusion and Restraint: Questionnaire for Organizational Assessment

Colton, David PhD*; Xiong, Hui PhD

Journal of Psychiatric Practice: September 2010 - Volume 16 - Issue 5 - pp 358-362
doi: 10.1097/01.pra.0000388632.74899.86
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Mental health organizations that have successfully reduced or, in some cases, eliminated use of seclusion and restraint report that they have primarily focused on organizational factors to facilitate this process. The purpose of this paper is to describe the development of an instrument that measures staff perceptions of organizational activities to reduce seclusion and restraint as well as staff attitudes toward the use of these interventions. Consequently, the instrument can be used diagnostically to identify areas in need of improvement and can also be used as an outcome measure to assess shifts in staff perceptions reflective of organizational change. This article describes validation of the instrument, information on its administration, and analysis and use of data obtained with it.

*Department of Health Care Administration, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA

Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Please send correspondence to: David Colton, PhD, Department of Health Care Administration, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA

dcolton@mbc.edu

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