Decision-making capacity in an age of control.

  title={Decision-making capacity in an age of control.},
  author={Kenneth M. Flegel and Noni E. MacDonald},
  journal={CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne},
  volume={178 2},
          127, 129
Clinicians know that elderly people do not fear death so much as the process of dying. Because modern therapies are more effective at relieving pain, emotional angst and moral bewilderment, control over the process itself has emerged as the salient concern. This defence of the need to be in control is particularly apparent among elderly people with dementia. Thus, it is odd that in adult medical care, we have adopted such an all-or-nothing approach to decisionmaking by adults with impaired… CONTINUE READING


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