Decisional capacity of depressed elderly to consent to electroconvulsive therapy.

@article{Lapid2004DecisionalCO,
  title={Decisional capacity of depressed elderly to consent to electroconvulsive therapy.},
  author={Maria I. Lapid and Teresa A. Rummans and V. Shane Pankratz and Paul S Appelbaum},
  journal={Journal of geriatric psychiatry and neurology},
  year={2004},
  volume={17 1},
  pages={42-6}
}
The purpose of this article is to determine the abilities of severely depressed elderly to consent to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and to investigate the impact of educational intervention on their capacity. Forty severely depressed adults referred for ECT, with Mini-Mental State Examination scores greater than 20, were recruited. Using the MacArthur Competence Assessment Tool for Treatment (MacCAT-T), decisional capacities were assessed at baseline and reassessed after education. Between… CONTINUE READING

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