What is ReSPECT?
ReSPECT stands for Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT). This records which treatments doctors and nurses should consider for a person in a future emergency situation if the person becomes seriously unwell and is unable to communicate at the time. The plan is made with the person either during a conversation with their GP or hospital doctor, or sometimes when a person is admitted to hospital. If a person isn’t able to talk to their doctor or nurse about the plan, it is discussed with the person’s family or someone close to them. Anyone can have a ReSPECT conversation with their doctor but it is more likely to happen if the person already has a medical condition or there is a chance that they might become seriously unwell.
The researchers would like to talk to people who have a general interest in health care and are willing to join a group discussion about the ReSPECT process.