Taser use on individuals experiencing mental distress: an integrative literature review

Hallett, N, Duxbury, J, McKee, T, Harrison, N, Haines, A, Craig, E and O'Brien, A.J (2021) 'Taser use on individuals experiencing mental distress: an integrative literature review.' Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 28 (1). pp. 56-71. ISSN 1351-0126

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12594


Introduction:- Conducted electrical weapons, or “Tasers,” are currently used by over 15,000 law enforcement and military agencies worldwide. There are concerns regarding the effectiveness, potential for harm and overuse with people experiencing mental distress. Aim:- To explore the literature about police use of Tasers with people experiencing mental distress. Method:- An integrative review was undertaken, and qualitative and quantitative analytical approaches were used. Results:- Thirty-one studies were included. Of all recorded usage, overall prevalence of Taser use on people experiencing mental distress was 28%. This population appears to experience higher Taser usage than the general population. Discussion:- There are substantial gaps in the research literature particularly with respect to the decision-making processes involved in deploying Tasers on this population and the physical and psychological consequences of Taser use in this context. Implications for practice:- Police use of Tasers in mental health crises is relatively common and occurs in a variety of environments including mental health settings. Mental health professionals need to work with police towards greater understanding of the needs of people with mental illness and to promote the use of non-coercive interventions in mental health crisis events.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: crime and mental health, crisis resolution, policing, risk management, safety and security, violence
Divisions: School of Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12594
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2022 18:29
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2022 18:29
URI / Page ID: https://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/14558
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