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Palliative care clinicians' knowledge of the law regarding the use of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

Overview of attention for article published in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care , April 2017
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Title
Palliative care clinicians' knowledge of the law regarding the use of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
Published in
BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care , April 2017
DOI 10.1136/bmjspcare-2016-001186
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Authors

Caroline Barry, Anna Spathis, Sarah Treaddell, Sally Carding, Stephen Barclay

Abstract

To examine palliative care clinicians' level of knowledge of the law regarding the use of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). Regional postal survey of palliative care clinicians working in hospices in the East of England, undertaken in April 2015. Clinicians' level of knowledge was assessed by their response to 7 factual questions. Data regarding self-reported levels of confidence in applying the Safeguards was collected, alongside information regarding the number of times they had used DoLS in practice. A free-text section invited additional comments from participants. There were 47 responses from 14 different organisations; a response rate of 68%. Respondents included consultants, specialty and associate specialists, registrars, nurses and social workers. Higher self-reported confidence and training in the use of DoLS was associated with higher factual knowledge. Consultants had the highest level of knowledge, training and experience. Doctors of other grades, nurses and social workers recorded less knowledge and experience and scored lower in the knowledge sections. The free-text comments revealed difficulty applying the Safeguards in practice, particularly among the consultant responses, based around several themes: insufficient guidance on how to use the Safeguards, process after death, uncertainty as to relevance to palliative care and delays in assessments. Clinicians working in palliative care have good levels of knowledge of the DoLS. Despite this concerns were raised, particularly by consultants; uncertainty as to when they should be used and the relevance of the Safeguards in clinical practice. Further guidance should be given to clinicians working in this specialty to ensure that clinical practice is both lawful and in the patients' best interests.

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Unknown 5 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Lecturer 1 20%
Student > Bachelor 1 20%
Student > Master 1 20%
Researcher 1 20%
Librarian 1 20%
Other 0 0%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 2 40%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 20%
Psychology 1 20%
Philosophy 1 20%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 8. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 29 May 2017.
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#1,542,171
of 11,130,136 outputs
Outputs from BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
#227
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#56,165
of 263,391 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
#8
of 17 outputs
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