Emergency determination of decision-making capacity: balancing autonomy and beneficence in the emergency department.

@article{Larkin2001EmergencyDO,
  title={Emergency determination of decision-making capacity: balancing autonomy and beneficence in the emergency department.},
  author={Gregory Luke Larkin and Catherine A. Marco and Jean T. Abbott},
  journal={Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine},
  year={2001},
  volume={8 3},
  pages={
          282-4
        }
}
The determination of decision-making capacity (DMC) is an essential component of securing voluntary informed consent, for either treatment or refusal of care. Decision-making capacity should be determined on some level during each patient encounter. Decision-making capacity includes the ability to receive, process, and understand information, the ability to deliberate, the ability to make choices, and the ability to communicate those preferences. For patients in whom DMC may be uncertain, a… CONTINUE READING

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