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

Barry, C. et al. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care | Published Online: 24 April 2017

Objectives: To examine palliative care clinicians’ level of knowledge of the law regarding the use of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).

Conclusions: 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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