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Keywords:

  • Debriefing;
  • mental health;
  • nursing;
  • retrospective audit;
  • seclusion

PURPOSE:  The purpose of this study was to investigate the frequency and type of post-seclusion debriefing provided by nurses at a psychiatric unit in Melbourne, Australia.

DESIGN AND METHODS:  The study employed an exploratory research design. An analysis of the seclusion register was undertaken to identify the total number of seclusions over a 1-year period. A file audit tool was developed to identify seclusion debriefing interventions documented in consumer case files.

FINDINGS:  Post-seclusion debriefing is not routinely performed following an episode of seclusion.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:  A post-seclusion debriefing framework needs to be developed to support best practice in managing seclusion.