The Assessment of Decisional Capacity
Marin, Deborah B
Neurologic clinics 2011 Feb; 29(1): 115-26, viii
The physician must explain the treatment or procedure in detail including risks, benefits, and alternative options; the patient's choice must be voluntary; the patient must demonstrate his or her ability to understand the risks and benefits of their choice; and the patient must be able to manipulate information in a logical way. These criteria must be met in order for the process of informed consent to be valid.
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