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

Decision Making Capacity Checklist

  • 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.

Assessment of Patients' Competence to Consent to Treatment

  • 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. 

Decision Making Capacity Case 1

  • Does this patient have decision making capacity?