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Least restrictive practice evidence update May 2021

This evidence update for the mental health workforce focuses on the New Zealand Human Rights Commission’s independent review of seclusion and restraint practices in Aotearoa and its recommendations around the physical design and conditions of mental health facilities. The current literature recommends developing homelike and healing environments. Moreover, research indicates the physical design of mental health services have an impact on people’s outcomes and a key role in reducing distress and use of seclusion.