A project for seclusion and restraint reduction in locked psychiatric facilities: using multiple evidence-based practices

In some locked psychiatric facilities, there are numerous methods used towards managing injurious patient behaviors aside from physically restraining or isolating the patient. This graduate project considers various studies across the United States that have successfully implemented evidence-based practices where reduction in seclusion and patient restraint have been achieved. These highlighted models of practice are in sync with social work values and ethics. The ultimate goal is the elimination of containment procedures in locked psychiatric settings. This project notes potential setbacks that facilities may face in changing their practice standards and offers strategies to offset these challenges.