Society's end of life consent guidelines commended

Guidelines produced by the British Psychological Society have been highlighted as a useful resource for those looking to delve deeper into the issue of consent regarding end of life care. The recommendations have been promoted in the National Institute for Health Research's (NIHR's) School for Social Care Research review of the subject.

Set up by the NIHR to consider evidence regarding adult social care practice in England, the School for Social Research is made up of King's College London and the Universities of Kent, Manchester and York, in addition to the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The report aims to give an overview with regard to the numerous research methods often employed regarding end of life considerations, while also focusing on the relevance of these approaches for social care.

And according to the review - which is authored by Claire Goodman, Professor of Health Care Research at the Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care at the University of Hertfordshire, Katherine Froggatt, Senior Lecturer in the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University and Elspeth Mathie, Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Primary Care and Community Care at the University of Hertfordshire - the Society's research can provide a handy starting point for those looking at whether or not participants may lose or not have the capacity to consent.