Physical restraint in older people: a statement from the Early Career Network of the International Psychogeriatric Association

International psychogeriatrics

Int Psychogeriatr. 2023 Oct 2:1-12. doi: 10.1017/S1041610223000728. Online ahead of print.


The International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) has expressed significant concerns over the use of physical restraints in older people across diverse aged care settings. Following an extensive analysis of the available literature, the IPA's Early Career Network (ECN) has formulated a collection of evidence-based recommendations aimed at guiding the use of physical restraints within various care contexts and demographic groups. Physical restraints not only infringe upon human rights but also raise significant safety concerns that adversely impact the physical, psychological, social, and functional well-being of older adults. Furthermore, their effectiveness in geriatric settings remains inadequate. Given these considerations, the IPA and its ECN firmly assert that the use of physical restraints should only be considered as a final recourse in the care of older people.

PMID:37782041 | DOI:10.1017/S1041610223000728