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ERIC Number: EJ928108
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
Demystifying the Process? A Multi Disciplinary Approach to Assessing Capacity for Adults with a Learning Disability
Skinner, Rachael; Joiner, Chris; Chesters, Liz; Bates, Louise; Scrivener, Louise
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v39 n2 p92-97 Jun 2011
There appears to be some degree of hesitation and lack of confidence among professionals in conducting capacity assessments. This document explains a two-phase process developed and implemented by a multi-disciplinary group of professionals during a pilot project. The first phase in the decision making process is to determine to what extent the person being assessed is able to process and recall information. The second phase involves understanding more detailed information specifically relating to the decision, in this case the procedure or intervention. The use of a two-phase process is illustrated via case studies. Over a 2-year period, 17 people who were referred from the eye unit to the capacity team were seen. Of those, two progressed to phase two of the process--and one person demonstrated capacity to make a decision. The process was based on a functional approach, and was used to avoid making decisions based on status approaches. The developed process was fed back to the professionals in the eye unit to enable them to assess capacity in relation to eye surgery. We hope to have demonstrated that capacity assessment skills are inherent in all practitioners working with people with a learning disability and are not the privileged possession of only particular professionals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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