An impaired ability to make treatment decisions is commonplace but often overlooked among medical and psychiatric patients. Evaluation of a patient’s ability to meaningfully make treatment decisions is a complex exercise in clinical judgment, requiring careful attention to the effect of the patient’s symptoms and the contextual features of the specific decision at hand. This article is a broad overview of the ethical and clinical aspects of decisional capacity that every physician needs to be familiar with to negotiate this challenging aspect of medical practice.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health