Some Legal Aspects of Mental Capacity
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1996 Jul 20; 313(7050): 156-158.
This article discusses some practical matters which arise when competence to make decisions is in question. Consent, testamentary capacity, powers of attorney, the Court of Protection, "living wills," and research on people with dementia are briefly considered.
Advance Directives; Aged; Competence; Comprehension; Consent; Consultation; Dementia; Disclosure; Family Members; Health; Health Facilities; Human Experimentation; Informed Consent; Legal Aspects; Living Wills; Patient Care; Patients; Physician's Role; Psychiatry; Referral and Consultation; Research; Risks and Benefits; Third Party Consent; Uncertainty; Wills;