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US reconsiders use of seclusion and restraints in psychiatric patients

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 10 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:77
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    The US Health Care Financing Administration has issued an interim rule detailing psychiatric patients' rights to freedom from seclusion and the use of restraints unless clinically necessary.

    The new rule has added a patients' rights clause to the conditions of participation for hospitals in the Medicare and Medicaid programmes, which will affect 6200 hospitals across the United States.

    The …

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