Patients’ experiences of restrictive interventions in Australia: Findings from the 2010 Australian survey of psychosis Academic Article uri icon


  • The authors used survey data to investigate patients' experiences of restrictive interventions in inpatient settings.The 2010 Australian Survey of High Impact Psychosis (N=1,825) asked about restrictive interventions experienced during a mental health admission in the previous year (N=428), ranging from restrictions on leaving a ward to seclusion. The authors explored the relationship between perceived benefit (good or limited versus no benefit) and the number of different types of restrictive interventions experienced.Twenty-three percent had recently experienced one or more restrictive interventions; of these, 42% had experienced forced medication and 35% had experienced seclusion. Although most reported some benefit, perceptions of benefit were lower among those who experienced a greater number of interventions.People with psychosis who experienced a greater number of restrictive interventions were less likely to find restrictions justified or beneficial. The cumulative effect of increased numbers of restrictions may also lead to worsening perceptions of benefit.

publication date

  • 2017