Ethical Aspects of Evaluating a Patient’s Mental Capacity

Ethical Aspects of Evaluating a Patient’s Mental Capacity

Howe, E. (2009). Ethical Aspects of Evaluating a Patient’s Mental Capacity. Psychiatry (Edgmont), 6(7),15-23. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC272894…

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  • What are the 4 criteria commonly used to evaluate a patient’s mental capacity regarding medical decisions? Provide an example of each.
  • Do you agree with the following statement? “Some have proposed that patient choices should be basically consistent with what those patients have valued in the past.” Why or why not?
  • Do you agree with the following statement? “Others have gone still further and asserted that patient choices should have some reasonable basis that can be objectively appreciated by others.” Why or why not?

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