Responding to a violent incident: physical restraint or anger management as therapeutic interventions


Correspondence: D. M. Lewis 112 Chamberlayne Road Kensal Rise Kensington and Chelsea London NW10 3JP UK


By finding more feasible alternatives to managing aggression which can be effectively used in health care settings, as well as expanding nursing knowledge on the detrimental effects of restraints, forensic clinicians can use their creativity and resources to enhance the quality of life for their patients using beneficial therapeutic alternatives to restraint. A closer examination of alternatives to managing aggressive behaviour leads the author to the introduction of a case study, promoting non-touch interventions. The importance of this paper lies in reorienting forensic clinicians away from the perceived ideologies of physical restraint as a primary intervention, moving towards the productive use of anger management.