Dutch researchers examined the belief among psychiatric ward staff that patient characteristics explained the different rates of seclusion observed between facilities. They conclude that ward size interacting with patient characteristics partially explained the variance, but that ward policies and the adequacy of staffing, particularly on smaller wards, are key issues in reducing seclusion.
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