Section 5(4) (The nurse's holding power): patterns of use in one mental health trust (1983-2006)

ASHMORE, Russell (2010). Section 5(4) (The nurse's holding power): patterns of use in one mental health trust (1983-2006). Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 17 (3), p. 202.

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The majority of studies exploring the use of Section 5(4) (Nurses' holding power) of the Mental Health Act 1983 are now dated, report on small numbers and have been undertaken over relatively short periods of time. A retrospective study was undertaken which sought to identify the factors associated with the use of the section in one mental health trust over a 24-year period (1983–2006). Section 5(4) was applied on 803 occasions, an average of 33.4 times per annum. The majority of sections were applied to female patients (58.4%) by male nurses (54.9%) within adult acute inpatient settings (93.4%). Significant differences were noted in the use of the section over the 24-h period but not for month of the year or day of the week. A total of 349 (43.5%) sections were implemented during doctors' 'office hours' (Monday–Friday, 9:00 h to 17:00 h). The mean length of time spent on the section was 140 min; 80.6% of patients were assessed by a doctor within 4 h; and 8.3% remained on the section for 6 h or more. The holding power was converted to another section of the Act on 642 (80%) occasions. A similar, multi-sited prospective study could be undertaken to validate the findings of this study.

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Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2010 14:17
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2021 01:00

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