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Med Sci Law. 2001 Oct;41(4):315-24.

Some specific problems of secluding female patients.

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Caswell Clinic/University of Glamorgan, Glanrhyd Hospital, Bridgend, Mid-Glamorgan, UK.


This paper reports on a study of secluded female patients in a special hospital. A random selection of seclusions occurring within one week of initiation were chosen and data were collected by a structured interview, involving nurses who had made the decision to initiate the seclusion. The interview schedule contained 18 items and the analysis utilized chi square test for categorical data and Speraman's rank coefficient for correlation on the scores on two variables. The results indicated that there was an erratic use of alternative approaches attempted prior to the use of seclusion and that the stripping of patients as they are secluded is rationalized as 'in the interest of their safety'. It is argued that further research is urgently required to interview the female patients concerned and to explore the specific issues pertaining to the seclusion of female patients. We question whether a high security psychiatric hospital is the most appropriate placement for females.

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