An examination of the impact of Ontario's Patient Restraint Minimization Act, 2001 on the use of physical and chemical restraints among elderly clients in complex continuing care facilities

Sylvia Ralphs-Thibodeau
In 2001, the Ontario provincial government passed an act to minimize the use of physical and chemical restraints in hospitals. This study utilized data from the Ontario Chronic Care Patient System (OCCPS) from April 1998 to March 2004. Data were analyzed using a simple interrupted time series design with visual and ITSACORR analysis to evaluate whether the act has resulted in a change in prevalence rates of physical restraints among elderly patients in Ontario's complex...
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