Thursday, January 06, 2011

Deaf people, seclusion and restraint

It is widely believed that people who are deaf or who have hearing problems are more often subject to restraint and seclusion in mental-health services than other people but there is little hard evidence to back this up. Researchers from Oregon State Hospital and Pacific University in Oregon compared 22 deaf or hard of hearing people committed to a large state hospital with 22 similar people who had also been committed but who did not have hearing problems. They found that the people with hearing problems were more likely to be subject to seclusion and restraint although the people with good hearing were, on average, secluded for longer.

Hartman, Brian and Blalock, Ann - Comparison of Seclusion and Restraint Prevalence between Hearing Patients and Deaf or Hard of Hearing Patients in a State Hospital Setting Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 32: 42–45, 2011

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