Factors affecting the practice of seclusion in an acute mental health service in Southland, New Zealand
The Psychiatrist, 06/04/2012
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Tyrer S et al. – The duration of seclusion in this study is long but compares with a similar study from elsewhere in New Zealand. The duration of treatment while in seclusion could be reduced if optimal treatment is given.
Stephen Tyrer (06/06/2012) comments:
This paper esentially shows two main findings. First, the length of time spent in seclusion rooms in psychiatric hospitals in New Zealand is much longer than in most other countries, and, secondly, the duration of seclusion could be shortened considerably if psychiatrists prescribed treatment more appropriately according to prescribed guidelines.