What are strategies for reducing restraint and seclusion on inpatient units?

Hospitalization can be a frightening experience, particularly in cases where invasive or forced treatment exacerbates feelings of shame and powerlessness. A trauma-informed approach to care is based on the recognition that many behaviors and responses expressed by consumers are directly related to traumatic experiences that often cause mental health, substance abuse, and physical health concerns. There is an increasing use of trauma-informed care approaches in hospitals and emergency rooms to help make sure that you are an active participant in your treatment and that your experience moves you towards improvement and recovery.

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