Researchers in Italy found that first-generation immigrant patients in Italy (100 patients compared to 100 controls) were three times more likely to be placed in physical restraints. “The higher rate of physical restraint among migrants may reflect cultural, ethnic and language differences leading to communication problems between immigrant patients and mental health professionals,” the authors conclude. Results appeared online today in the International Journal of Social Psychiatry.
Tarsitani, L., Pasquini, M., “Acute psychiatric treatment and the use of physical restraint in first-generation immigrants in Italy: A prospective concurrent study,” International Journal of Social Psychiatry, online June 29, 2012
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