Assessment of need for guardianship: What is the role of the psychiatrist?

Andrew Matrick, Emma Babb, Stephen H. Dinwiddie*

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Decisional incapacity is a common complication of many psychiatric illnesses, including (but not limited to) conditions such as severe mood disorders, schizophrenia and related conditions, traumatic or other acquired brain injuries, and severe neurocognitive disorders. Although in treatment settings it is most frequently recognized in the context of medical decisionmaking, decisional incapacity may manifest in many ways that involve the patient’s ability to live autonomously.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-117
Number of pages6
JournalPsychiatric Annals
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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