The Controversy over “Chemical Restraint” in Acute Care Psychiatry

  title={The Controversy over “Chemical Restraint” in Acute Care Psychiatry},
  author={Glenn Currier},
  journal={Journal of Psychiatric Practice},
  • G. Currier
  • Published 1 January 2003
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Psychiatric Practice
In many healthcare settings, medications are considered a less invasive alternative to the use of physical restraint for agitated patients experiencing a behavioral crisis, a practice that is often referred to as “chemical restraint.” However, recent federal regulations appear to equate chemical and physical restraint and to characterize both as extraordinary practices that should not be undertaken lightly. Although many clinicians consider the term “chemical restraint” pejorative, since it… 
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