Supported decision making - experiences, approaches and preferences

Gavin Davidson, Rosalie Edge, David Falls, Fionnuala Keenan, Bernadette Kelly, Aisling McLaughlin, Lorna Montgomery, Christine Mulvenna, Barbara Norris, Aine Owens, Rebecca Alison Shea Irvine, Paul Webb

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This report presents the findings from a research project which explored how people have, or have not been, supported to make their own decisions. It was funded by Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) and
used a coproduction approach between disabled people, Praxis Care, Mencap NI and Queen’s University Belfast.
The project involved peer researchers interviewing 41 people with mental health problems and/or intellectual disabilities to gain an in-depth understanding of their experiences of support for decision making and their preferences and ideas
for how decision making should be supported in the future. The project therefore provides an overview of experiences of support as well as
identifying the supports which work for them. It is intended that this will inform how the new support principle in the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 should be implemented in practice.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages70
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2018


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