How to use DisDAT
When to use DisDAT
When the team believes the client is NOT distressed:
The use of DisDAT is optional, but it can be used as a:
- baseline assessment document
- transfer document for other teams
When the team believes the client IS distressed:
If DisDAT has already been completed it can be used to compare the present signs and behaviours with previous observations documented on DisDAT. It then serves as a baseline to monitor change.
If DisDAT has not been completed:
a) When the client is well known DisDAT can be used to document previous content signs and behaviours and compare these with the current observations
b) When the client or the distress is new to the team, DisDAT can be used document the present signs and behaviours to act a baseline to monitor change.
We have found that it is possible to partly complete DisDAT when speaking to a carer over the telephone. While this does not give a full picture it can provide sufficient information to allow assessment of the distress. This is particularly useful when an individual is admitted to hospital.