The Clinical Ethics Compendium is an opportunity for individuals from member organizations to comment on moderated bioethics topics submitted to the Consortium.
Decision Making Capacity
- An important component of autonomy is Decision Making Capacity (DMC) as patients must have DMC to make truly autonomous decisions.
- DMC may be evaluated by any physician or by a clinical ethicist performing a clinical ethics consultation.
- A case vignette highlighting a common clinical problem. Evidenc supporting various strategies is then presented, followed by a review of formal guidelines when they exist. The article ends with the author's clinical recommendations.
- Does this patient have decision making capacity?