All patients have the right to refuse to take medicine if they wish to do so, and it is important that this right is recognised. There may be occasions when patients lack the capacity to take medicines or to understand the consequences of refusing to take medicines. In these circumstances, it may be necessary for healthcare professionals to follow a formal process to allow them to act in the best interests of the patient.
It is important to note that capacity assessments are always “task specific” and an assessment specific to the patient’s refusal of medication should be undertaken. This is usually completed by an appropriately trained senior carer or nurse involved in the daily administration of medicines to the patient. However, if the outcome of the assessment is not entirely clear, an appropriately trained healthcare professional (e.g. GP or specialist nurse) should be involved.
It is understandable that in practice, healthcare professionals may not be acutely aware as to what is and what is not considered covert administration of medicines. Covert administration is not simply the mixing of a medicine with food or drink to make it more palatable to a patient at their request. By its definition, a medicine is given covertly to a patient in a disguised form without their knowledge but in their best interests
When you work in the medical field, you will most likely be working side by side with other healthcare workers. Years ago, patients may have been cared for by a single doctor. But medicine has changed in the last few decades. Today, patients are rarely cared for by just one medical professional.Whether you plan to become a doctor, physician assistant, nurse or other allied health professional, you need to be able to work well as part of a team. If you are still a student, it’s not too early to learn effective teamwork. In fact, the sooner you become a team player, the better.
With the dedication of our faculty and staff, we continue to strive for world-class excellence in our clinical and research endeavors with the Department of Medicine's commitment to Science Transforming Life.
This dedication is reflected in another challenging and exciting year with the development of our new Cardiac Cath Laboratory, Pulmonary Hypertension Center, and Asthma Program.
Additionally, there will be further expansion of our oncology, gastroenterology, autoimmune lung center and non-invasive cardiology programs.
We will continue our excellence in allergy and clinical immunology, critical care and hospital medicine, environmental and occupational medicine, mycobacterial and respiratory infections,
The Department of Medicine is committed to leveraging the talents of individuals from all backgrounds. We strongly believe that the recruitment, advancement, and retention of a diverse and culturally.
The Medicine Office of Research (MOOR) provides basic, translational and clinical research infrastructure in the Department of Medicine at National Jewish Health.
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