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The Use of Physical Restraints on Geriatric Patients: Culture and Attitudes among Healthcare Professionals at Intermediate Care Hospitals in Majorca. A Qualitative Study Protocol

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Department of Nursing and Physiotherapy, University of the Balearic Islands, 07122 Palma, Spain
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Care, Chronicity, and Health Evidences Research Group, University of the Balearic Islands, 07122 Palma, Spain
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Fundación Cuidados Dignos, 48300 Gernika, Spain
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Care, Chronicity, and Health Evidences Research Group, Health Research Institute of the Balearic Islands (IdISBa), 07010 Palma, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(14), 7509; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18147509
Received: 16 June 2021 / Revised: 9 July 2021 / Accepted: 11 July 2021 / Published: 14 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Aging)
The use of physical restraints is a common practice in the care of hospitalised and institutionalised elderly people. This use is determined by factors related to the patients, their families, the healthcare professionals, the institution, and prevailing social values. Today, however, this practice is often questioned because of its physical, psychological, moral, ethical, and legal repercussions. The present study explores attitudes among healthcare professionals towards the physical restraint of geriatric patients in intermediate care hospitals in Majorca. This study is based on a qualitative design, combining an ethnomethodological approach with critical discourse analysis. The theoretical framework is drawn from Foucault’s work in this field and from Haslam’s theory of mechanisation. Individual interviews will be conducted with physicians, nurses, and nursing assistants at intermediate care hospitals in Majorca. The analysis will focus on these professionals’ knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding the use of such measures, seeking to identify the factors, especially institutional factors, that determine the use of restraints. It is essential to determine the prevailing culture among healthcare professionals regarding the use of physical restraints on geriatric patients in order to design and propose a more dignified health care model in which such restraints are eliminated. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical restraint; health knowledge; attitudes; practice; organisational culture; health personnel; safety physical restraint; health knowledge; attitudes; practice; organisational culture; health personnel; safety
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Carrero-Planells, A.; Urrutia-Beaskoa, A.; Moreno-Mulet, C. The Use of Physical Restraints on Geriatric Patients: Culture and Attitudes among Healthcare Professionals at Intermediate Care Hospitals in Majorca. A Qualitative Study Protocol. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 7509. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18147509

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Carrero-Planells A, Urrutia-Beaskoa A, Moreno-Mulet C. The Use of Physical Restraints on Geriatric Patients: Culture and Attitudes among Healthcare Professionals at Intermediate Care Hospitals in Majorca. A Qualitative Study Protocol. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(14):7509. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18147509

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Carrero-Planells, Alba, Ana Urrutia-Beaskoa, and Cristina Moreno-Mulet. 2021. "The Use of Physical Restraints on Geriatric Patients: Culture and Attitudes among Healthcare Professionals at Intermediate Care Hospitals in Majorca. A Qualitative Study Protocol" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 14: 7509. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18147509

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