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BMC Psychiatry

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The practice of physical restraint in the UK

  • Peter Lepping1
BMC Psychiatry20077(Suppl 1):S61

Published: 19 December 2007


To give an overview of coercive measures in the UK and present data relating to coercive measures in the Wrexham Maelor Hospital in Wales.


Audit data presentation and overview.


Coercion in the UK is primarily done by control and restraint procedures, which may lead to the application of medication (chemical restraint). Mechanical restraint is not used at all in adult psychiatry. Overall incidences of coercive measures are less frequent and less long than in equivalent German hospitals.


It is possible to run adult psychiatric wards without long-term mechanical restraint.

Authors’ Affiliations

North East Wales NHS Trust, Ffordd Croesnewydd, Wrexham, UK


© Lepping; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2007

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.