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Using mental capacity assessment tools to assess capacity:- What is the accuracy and/or effectiveness, cost effectiveness and acceptability of mental capacity assessment tools that are compliant with the Mental Capacity Act 2005?

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Why this is important:- There is a lack of evidence from the UK on the effectiveness and acceptability of approaches to capacity assessment that are in line with the meaning of mental capacity as outlined in the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Although the guideline committee reviewed some evidence evaluating the accuracy of specific tools, these are not necessarily compatible with the definition of mental capacity.
There is a need for high-quality mixed methods studies that evaluate the accuracy or effectiveness of mental capacity assessment tools that are compliant with the Act. The controlled effectiveness component will ideally include 3 arms: usual care, usual care plus mental capacity assessment tools, and usual care plus support with enhanced assessment tools. Studies should also include a qualitative component that explores whether such tools and approaches are acceptable to people using services and valued by practitioners.

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