Ensuring clients have the capacity to consent to treatment
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Ensuring clients have the capacity to consent to treatment

David Rose Principal clinical psychologist, Learning Disability Specialist Health Dementia Service, Dudley at Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Adam Cook Trainee clinical psychologist, University of Birmingham, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Harsharn Singh Khatkar Assistant psychologists, Learning Disability Specialist Health Dementia Service, Dudley at Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Jenny Shead Assistant psychologists, Learning Disability Specialist Health Dementia Service, Dudley at Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

David Rose and colleagues discuss the development and evaluation of a consent form for people who use a learning disability dementia service

Aim This article discusses the evaluation of a consent form for adults with learning disabilities who are referred to specialist learning disability dementia services.

Method Sixteen people with a range of learning disabilities who had undertaken the consent procedure were questioned about their experiences.

Results Twelve participants gave similar answers to the questions, which indicates they have similar levels of understanding.

Conclusion Participants’ recommendations were incorporated into a revised consent form, which was found acceptable and effective.

Learning Disability Practice. 16, 2,31-35. doi: 10.7748/ldp2013.03.16.2.31.e1403

Correspondence

david.rose@bcpft.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 21 September 2012

Accepted: 23 October 2012