OPEN Research Support

Ellen Boldrup Tingleff
OPEN, Department of Clinical Research

Projekt styring
Projekt status    Open
Data indsamlingsdatoer
Start 15.11.2022  
Slut 31.12.2023  

Reduction of mechanical restraint episodes in forensic mental health settings

Short summary

The following sub studies will be carried out: - Thematic re-analysis of existing empirical data to explore the perceptions of forensic mental health patients (N=19), carers (N=15) and staff (N= 24) on reasons for mechanical restraint and on interventions that can reduce mechanical restrain - Systematic review of evidence-based interventions - Survey among healthcare professionals to prioritize among interventions - Content validation by qualitative interviews with patients, carers and staff


This research project addresses the national and international call and on-going need for a reduction in the use of coercive measures in psychiatric settings. Despite the fact that research-based interventions, such as "Safewards", has been implemented, the use of coercive measures remains a significant clinical problem in Denmark.

The overall aim of the project is to develop, validate, and evaluate a targeted interventions catalogue developed from previous research in order to reduce the use and duration of mechanical restraint episodes in forensic settings.

This sub-study is a survey to develop knowledge about healthcare professionals view on interventions to reduce mechanical restraint episodes

Description of the cohort

Healthcare professionals in mental health settings (including forensic) employed in Mental Health Services in the Region of Southern Denmark

Data and biological material


Collaborating researchers and departments

Forensic Mental Health Research Unit Middelfart (RFM), Department of Regional Health Research, Faculty of Health Science, University of Southern Denmark & Psychiatric dept. Middelfart, Mental Health Services in the Region of Southern Denmark.

  • Professor Frederik A. Gildberg
  • Professor Søren Birkeland
  • Research Assistant Martin Locht Pedersen