The implications of the Montgomery judgment on pharmacy practice and patients with learning disability
The judgment in Montgomery v Lanarkshire (Scotland) 2015 introduced a new definition of informed consent which has implications for all healthcare professionals. This article focuses specifically on the implications for pharmacy practice and patients with learning disability. During consultations, both pharmacist prescribers and non-prescribing pharmacists must adhere to the provisions of the judgment to ensure patients provide informed consent. Particular issues arise where patients with learning disability are concerned because the Accessible Information Standard (AIS), which came into force in England in August 2016, must also be considered. Consequently, easy-read material should also be of a standard and quality relevant to that particular individual. In addition, this article will briefly consider whether information should always be disclosed.