Fewer U.S. nursing homes report using restraints

02/17/2009 | USA Today

About 5.5% of nursing homes reported using restraints in 2007, down from 21.1% in 1991, according to an analysis of self-reported Medicare data. Awareness and education campaigns have sought to spark a no-restraint movement, due to the risk of injury, social withdrawal and muscle atrophy that nursing home residents can experience when restraints are used.

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