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FERNANDEZ RODRIGUEZ, Ángela  and  ZABALA BLANCO, Jaime. Physical restraint: review and ethical reflection. Gerokomos [online]. 2014, vol.25, n.2, pp.63-67. ISSN 1134-928X.

Physical restraint is a therapeutic measure useful to manage patients who are at risk of hurting themselves or others. These techniques restrict freedom of movement of the patients, so their rights may be violated. To avoid this, there are protocols all around the country. There is also a large legal basis, and the ethical precepts should be respected. This paper will briefly review those protocols, the legal issues, and the ethical implications of the use of the technique. The main conclusion is that itâ´s essential that professionals know the legal and the ethical implications, the techniques and protocols of this treatment. To achieve this aim, it becomes necessary that all the professionals receive the correct training.

Keywords : Physical restraint; ethics; patient rights; emotions; health legislation.

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