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Sensory approaches in inpatient psychiatric settings: innovative alternatives to seclusion & restraint.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services
Publication Date
Volume
42
Issue
9
Pages
34–44
Identifiers
PMID: 15493494
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The national initiative to decrease the use of seclusion and restraint in psychiatric inpatient settings requires innovative methods to facilitate the processes of consumer self-organization, self-care, and positive change. Sensory-based approaches and multisensory rooms are valuable resources as cultures of care shift to become more responsive and collaborative. This article explores the importance and efficacy of trauma-informed approaches that are sensory supportive, address the individual needs of the person, and strengthen the therapeutic relationship.

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