Advance decisions in secondary mental health services
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Advance decisions in secondary mental health services

Gary Sidley Consultant clinical psychologist, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester

Few patients complete advance decisions in mental health services. This article reviews the potential clinical benefits of advance decisions, patients’ attitudes towards them and barriers that impede implementation. Some practical suggestions are offered on how advance decisions can be promoted effectively.

Nursing Standard. 26, 21,44-48. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.01.26.21.44.c8887

Correspondence

gary.sidley@gmw.nhs.uk

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review