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Psychiatr Prax. 2007 Jan;34(1):26-33. Epub 2006 Nov 15.

[Incidence of coercive measures as an indicator of quality in psychiatric hospitals. Problems of data recording and processing, preliminary results of a benchmarking study].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Zentrum für Psychiatrie Weissenau, Abt. Psychiatrie I der Universität Ulm, Ulm, Germany.



The clinical practice concerning the use of coercive measures in psychiatry should be compared.


A common documentation of physical restraint, seclusion, and medication by coercion was introduced among 10 hospitals.


8.4 % of cases treated within the first 6 months of 2004 were exposed to coercive measures with the highest percentage among patients with psychoorganic disorders (32.1 %). The incidence of coercive measures varied highly between different diagnostic groups and hospitals.


The processing of the large multi-site data sets yields considerable technical problems. Data interpretation should consider confounding factors such as case mix and hospital structure characteristics.

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