How to determine decisional capacity in critically ill patients. Presume the patient can make decisions unless proven otherwise.


Decisional capacity includes ability to comprehend information, to make an informed choice, and to communicate that choice; it is specific to the decision at hand. Presume a patient has decisional capacity; an evaluation of incapacity must be justified. Administer a standardized mental status test to help assess alertness, attention, memory, and reasoning… (More)


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