Psychiatric facilitation of care when requested for assessment of decision-making capacity

Brandon Hamm*

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Clinical situations in which psychiatrists are consulted to assess decisionmaking capacity often require complex management in addition to an opinion regarding decisional capacity. In these situations, the consultation-liaison psychiatrist’s unique expertise may be useful in facilitating patient care. Some common contexts where this facilitation may be useful include the surrogate decision-making process, requests to leave against medical advice, and when considering nonconsensual interventions for incapacitated patients. In some instances, facilitation will be via psychotropic management and risk assessment. In other instances, skills may include supportive psychotherapy, empathic stakeholder engagement, mediation, and therapeuticalliance building.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-111
Number of pages6
JournalPsychiatric Annals
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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