Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Therapeutic Relationship

  • Often when trust is established, clients are more receptive to therapeutic communication and calming techniques when situations arise.
  • Spending time with clients would assist the nurse and interprofessional team to come to know the client and facilitate collaboration with the client to seek or consider internal factors (e.g. illness) or external factors (e.g. environment) that could contribute to emerging disturbed and/or aggressive behaviour.
  • The Subjective Experience of Being Restrained (SEBR) is a structured interview guide used with patients, first in a hospital study.
  • This instrument was used to guide the interview, but an open-ended, free-flowing discussion was sought with the subject; the interviews were audiotaped and transcribed for content analysis.

To see an example Experience of Being Restrained (SEBR) Interview Tool click here

Clinical Management
Promoting Safety: Alternative Approaches to the Use of Restraints
Sample Tools