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Clarify the accuracy of records and reports with individuals and others

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We have already discussed the importance of records and reports being accurate – information may be used as a basis of decisions that are made and inaccurate information can lead to the wrong decision being made.

Therefore, it is essential that the accuracy of information is clarified before decisions are made. As an example, doctors will always clarify the information they have on file about their patient’s allergies and other medication they are using before writing a prescription.

In your day to day role, you may ask individuals to clarify information for several reasons. For example, during a care plan review, you will go over what is already recorded about the individual to ensure it is correct – bear in mind that their needs and preferences may have changed since the previous review.

As well as the individuals that you provide care and support services for, you will also need to clarify information in records and reports provided by others. This could include colleagues, other professionals and the individual’s family, carer or advocate.

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