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Issues involved in assessing competency.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9520526     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A psychiatric competency assessment entails more than merely conducting a few clinical tests to diagnose the cause of a cognitive impairment. The psychiatrist may need to explore other aspects of the patient's life, including his or her interpersonal relationships and functional abilities. To provide a truly useful consult for other physicians, legal professional, family members, and the patient, the psychiatrist must be able to integrate the medical findings along with all relevant personal information and apply this information to the legal standards of the particular jurisdiction. By being able to apply both medical and legal knowledge of proxy decision making, the psychiatrist will be better prepared to make recommendations that will facilitate the proper care and services for the cognitively impaired patient.
F Y Chen; G T Grossberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  New directions for mental health services     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0193-9416     ISO Abbreviation:  New Dir Ment Health Serv     Publication Date:  1997  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-05-28     Completed Date:  1998-05-28     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7905590     Medline TA:  New Dir Ment Health Serv     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  71-83     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cognition Disorders / diagnosis*
Mental Competency / legislation & jurisprudence*
Neuropsychological Tests
Patient Advocacy / legislation & jurisprudence*

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