University of Arizona College of Medicine
Medical Decision-Making Capacity is one of a continuing series of practical, evidence based, Provider Fact Sheets which summarize key geriatric topics and provide clinically useful assessments and interventions. Initially developed for remote, rural clinical sites, they are useful for students and health care professionals from many fields and across a very broad range of health care settings.
- Explain the difference between “capacity” and “competence.”
- Make a determination medical decision making capacity with a formal assessment tool.
- Explain why poor performance on a mental status examination does not necessarily indicate lack of decision-making capacity.
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