Factors that influence nurses’ decisions about secluding people with learning disabilities
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Factors that influence nurses’ decisions about secluding people with learning disabilities

Joshua Kernohan Clinical practitioner in the specialist learning disability directorate, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Why professionals resort to seclusion of service users, and how it affects them and the people who experience it

Seclusion has been found to be used disproportionately in the learning disability population, even though its effectiveness has not been proven and it is recognised to have a potentially traumatic effect on participants.

Aim To explore research into the factors that may influence a nurse’s decision to use seclusion when supporting a person with a learning disability.

Method An integrative review method was used, searching nursing databases and using the research found to generate themes.

Findings Patient factors, staff factors and environmental/organisational factors influence the nurse’s decision to use seclusion.

Conclusion Further research is required, specifically in the field of learning disabilities and seclusion. The use of seclusion should be reduced, in line with current policy and the drive towards person-centred care.

Learning Disability Practice. 19, 5,24-30. doi: 10.7748/ldp.19.5.24.s19

Correspondence

joshua.kernohan@sssft.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 30 January 2016

Accepted: 18 March 2016