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Targeted interventions to support and improve decision-making capacity for treatment:- What is the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of different targeted interventions (speech and language therapy and psychological and psychosocial interventions) to support and improve decision-making capacity for treatment in specific groups?

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Why this is important:- Evidence suggests that tailored approaches such as speech and language therapy and psychological and psychosocial interventions can lead to improvements in a person's capacity to make a decision.
However, the studies were limited in number and generally of low quality. The guideline committee agreed that further research in this area would be valuable, particularly in relation to the decisionmaking capacity for treatment of people with dementia, a learning disability, an acquired brain injury or a mental illness. Interventions should be designed to address the needs of those cohorts, should take into account the natural course of capacity (whether stable or fluctuating) and should be underpinned by a comprehensive understanding of the needs associated with each condition.
High-quality comparative studies evaluating the effectiveness of these different types of interventions (including participant experience of the interventions) are needed to help ensure that practitioners refer people to the most appropriate programmes. This would empower people to make their own decisions about their treatment wherever possible.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Decision-making and mental capacity
Date issued
October 2018

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 31/10/2018