Capacity assessment


  • Communicate – can the patient communicate their decision?
  • Understand the information given to them?
  • Retain the information
  • Balance – can they balance or weigh-up the information?
  • Best interest – if no capacity, is the decision in their best interest?
  • Advanced Decision already in place which refuses treatment
  • Lasting power of attorney – has one been appointed?
  • Independent mental capacity advocate e.g. emergency
  • Proxy – if unresolved conflict, may require legal input

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