A Study on perceptions about physical restraint use of nurse in small and medium sized hospitals

중소병원 간호사의 신체 억제대 사용에 대한 인식

  • Kim, NamSuk (Dept. of Nursing, ChejuHalla University)
  • 김남석 (제주한라대학교 간호학과)
  • Received : 2017.07.26
  • Accepted : 2017.12.20
  • Published : 2017.12.28


This study was conducted to investigate the perception of nurse's use of physical restraints. This study is a descriptive research study for 138 nurses who work at the small hospitals under 300 beds. Statistical analysis was performed using descriptive statistics, t-test, ANOVA, and factor analysis using the SPSS statistical program. The results of this study were as follows: The overall average of the nurses' perception of physical restraint was $3.91{\pm}0.54$, and the most important reason for using a physical restraint was to protect the patient from falling out of bed($4.37{\pm}0.68$). The factor analysis showed that 'behavior, psychological symptom management($3.81{\pm}0.67$)', 'maintain medical treatment($4.11{\pm}0.60$)' and 'patient safety($4.13{\pm}0.63$)'. It is necessary to understand the characteristics and factors of nurse's use of physical restraint in small and medium hospitals. Moreover, it is also required to use minimum physical restraints for patient's safeties and rights based on accurate understanding of physical restraint's use. Therefore, it is needed to provide job training for the physical restraint that is used in various situations and to develop education and intervention program to adjust in nurses' situation.


Nurse;Physical restraints;Perception;Education;Policy


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