Religious Issues in the Capacity Evaluation
General Hospital Psychiatry. 1996 May; 18(3): 173-182.
The authors explore the difficulties present in the capacity evaluation of patients with strong religious beliefs. The article reviews the legal protection for treatment refusal on religious grounds as well as psychiatry's approach to religion. Clinical cases encountered in an urban hospital are presented to highlight how the conflicts among psychiatric, religious, and legal issues can be resolved. Suggestions are made for incorporating an exploration of religious values into the capacity assessment.
Alternatives; Autonomy; Case Studies; Clergy; Clinical Ethics; Competence; Constitutional Law; Consent; Consultation; Decision Making; Diagnosis; Ethics; Evaluation; Family Members; Hospitals; Informed Consent; Law; Legal Aspects; Legal Rights; Patients; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Privacy; Psychiatric Diagnosis; Psychiatry; Referral and Consultation; Religion; Rights; State Interest; Treatment Refusal; Values;
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