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Nurses need a standard definition of a deprivation of liberty.

Authors
  • Griffith, Richard
Type
Published Article
Journal
British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2013
Volume
22
Issue
16
Pages
960–961
Identifiers
PMID: 24037400
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The House of Commons health committee has called for an urgent review of the implementation of the deprivation of liberty safeguards. They are particularly concerned that nurses, as gatekeepers of the safeguards, often do not know when a deprivation of liberty occurs in practice. In this article the author argues that given the lack of a standard definition of what amounts to a deprivation of liberty and the introduction by the courts of often contradictory factors that nurses are required to consider when determining if a patient is being deprived of their liberty it is little wonder that confusion is common place.

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