Associate Professor, PhD student
In Denmark, the objective is to reduce coercion in psychiatric settings by 50 % in 2020. However, the number of prolonged episodes of mechanical restraint (MR) is currently increasing, especially among forensic psychiatric patients. Research suggests that involvement of patients and relatives contributes to reduction in coercion, including MR. However, research into forensic psychiatric patients and relatives' perceptions of situations before, during and after MR episodes and their perspectives on what can help reduce use and duration of MR is very sparse. We aim to generate knowledge about what characterizes the meaning forensic psychiatric patients and relatives' ascribe to perceptions of situations before, during and after MR episodes and to develop knowledge about what can reduce use and duration of MR.