Physical Restraints and Agitation in Nursing Home Residents

Perla Werner*, Jiska Cohen‐Mansfield, Judith Braun, Marcia S. Marx

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An observational study was performed to determine whether the use of physical restraints in agitated nursing home residents leads to decreased or increased agitation. Results indicate that restraint use does not decrease agitation in nursing home residents. Residents exhibited either the same amount or more agitated behaviors when they were restrained than when they were not restrained, suggesting that the act of restraining may itself contribute to manifestations of agitation. The implications of the use of restraints in agitated nursing home residents are discussed, with particular reference to the prevention of falls. 1989 The American Geriatrics Society

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1122-1126
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1989
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
National Institute of Mental HealthR01MH040758


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