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Ethical and conceptual aspects of capacity assessments in psychiatry.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17921758     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To search the literature on conceptual and assessment issues of patient capacity. RECENT FINDINGS: Current literature shows that many instruments have been developed in the last decade to measure patient capacity. Although these measures provide a rank-ordered scale of capacity, they cannot categorize patients into competent and incompetent, which relies heavily on the concept of authentic autonomy. The latter, however, should be carefully examined after considering the patient's cultural and subcultural background, and the quality of the doctor's communication skills. SUMMARY: Academic and clinical psychiatry are posed with such questions as to how to categorically classify capacity and incapacity as well as to evidence the admissibility of measuring instruments when used in a civil commitment.
Toshi Kitamura; Noriaki Takahashi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in psychiatry     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0951-7367     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Opin Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2007 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-08     Completed Date:  2008-01-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8809880     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Psychiatry     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  578-81     Citation Subset:  IM    
Clinical Behavioral Medicine (Psychological Medicine), Kumamoto University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kumamoto, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Forensic Psychiatry / ethics*
Informed Consent / ethics*
Mental Competency*

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