- Article: Making the right decisions for people with learning disabilities in hospital. Nursing Times; 107: 3,12-14
- Author: Picton A
- The principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 should be followed by all staff caring for people who may lack capacity to make healthcare decisions
- Many people with learning disabilities can make healthcare decisions with support, such as the use of simple language and pictures, to communicate
- A mental capacity assessment must be carried out to determine whether individuals have the capacity to make adecision, and before any decisions can be made on their behalf
- The nurse or doctor is usually responsible for best-interests decisions, with input from patients’ families and carers
- Health professionals should try to limit restrictions on patients’ families and carers
- Health professinals shoult try to limit restrictions on patients’ rights nad freedoms y avoiding any form of restraint, unless it is in the patients’ best interests
- Do general nurses understand the needs of people with learning disabilities when they are admitted to hospital with health problems?
- In your experience, are people with learning disabilities are involved in decisions about medical treatment?
- How would you assess whether a patient with learning disabilities has the capacity to make a decision about their medical treatment?
- How would you explain a best interest decision to relatives and carers?
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- Abstract Buchanan D (2011) Caring for hospitalised patients with learning disabilities.Nursing Times;107: 16-17.
- “Person-centred care is led by learning disability nurses”
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