In this telephone interview, Dr Stephen Elsom talks from Australia on the topical issue of seclusion as an intervention for containing uncontrolled, disturbed behaviour of psychiatric patients. He discusses the research evidence regarding the use of seclusion and current thinking surrounding this practice. He also talks about methods that can be helpful to reduce the rate of seclusion used as an intervention.


Date published: 8 January 2008

Audio running time: 14 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will:


  • have a clearer understanding of the research evidence available in relation to seclusion as an intervention

  • more fully appreciate the reasons for the growing psychiatric interest and changing trends and policies in its use

  • be better informed about the effects of seclusion on both patient and psychiatric staff

  • be more familiar with methods that can be used to help reduce the rate of seclusion as an intervention.


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Please note: This podcast was recorded in 2008. Please be aware that some of the material covered and/or guidance may have changed.
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