Section 5(4) (nurse's holding power) of the Mental Health Act 1983: a literature review

ASHMORE, Russell (2014). Section 5(4) (nurse's holding power) of the Mental Health Act 1983: a literature review. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 22 (3), 183-191.

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    Section 5(4) (nurse's holding power) of the Mental Health Act 1983 in England and Wales accounts for 10% (n = 1714) of all detentions after admission to hospital. It is followed by further detention in 66% of cases and may require nurses to restrain, seclude or closely observe the patient to prevent them harming themselves and/or others. To conduct a literature review of empirical articles concerning the implementation of Section 5(4), a literature search was undertaken in ASSIA, British Nursing Index, Medline, PsycINFO and Lawtel, using a combination of the keywords 'Section 5(4)', 'nurse's holding powers', 'holding powers', 'Mental Health Act 1983', 'MHA', 'compulsory detention', 'formal detention', 'emergency psychiatric interventions', 'containment interventions' and 'involuntary commitment'. Twenty-five articles were included in the review. Existing literature has focused on surveys and audits investigating: nurses' opinions of Section 5(4); nurses' knowledge of Section 5(4); and trends associated with the implementation of Section 5(4). While this literature has provided some insights into the implementation of Section 5(4), it is clear that what is known about its use is incomplete. Further research is required to examine a number of areas, for example, how and why the section is implemented. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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    Page Range: 183-191
    Depositing User: Jill Hazard
    Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2015 10:10
    Last Modified: 28 Apr 2015 10:10

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