Best practice guidance in the covert administration of medicines

 In Clinical Guidelines, Regulations and Standards

This guidance aims to support clinicians and carers who are trying to manage challenges in dealing with patients who are non-compliant with medication through direct refusal.

Covert administration is the administration of any medical treatment in a disguised form. Taking the most appropriate actions for each individual based on their capacity to understand the consequences of their decision is key to personalised care.

Anyone considering covert medication should use this guidance to develop local policies and procedures. It considers:

  • The need to consider covert medication
  • The legal framework for its use
  • Practical guidance in how to administer
  • A suggested care pathway for its use
  • Some case examples

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