In connection with the adoption of the Danish fiscal act 2014, it was agreed to reduce the use of force in the psychiatry by 50% by 2020.
The purpose of the study is to assess whether the Ministry of Health and the regions have managed the effort to reduce the use of force in psychiatric care successfully and have thus achieved the objectives set.
It is Rigsrevisionen’s assessment that the Ministry of Health and the regions have managed the effort to reduce the use of force in psychiatric care in an unsatisfactory manner and have failed to achieve the objectives set. The ministry and regions have monitored data on the use of restraint by belt and other types of restraint, but have not followed up on whether the initiatives launched by the regions to reduce the use of force have been successful. The use of restraint by belt has not been reduced by 50%, and the overall use of force has increased. The consequence is that too many patients are still subjected to restraint by belt and other types of restraint.
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