Determine an older adult’s ability to make medical decisions in a hospital or clinic setting.
Apply the four key abilities required for decision-making capacity to the patient interview and determine whether an elderly adult has capacity to make a given medical decision.
- Describe the differences between decision-making capacity and competency.
- Name the four abilities an individual must demonstrate to have decision-making capacity.
- Describe observable patient behaviors that demonstrate these abilities.
- Identify available tools to facilitate capacity assessment.
- Evaluate a patient for factors that may confound capacity assessment.
- Appreciate the fluid nature of capacity assessment and the need to re-evaluate over time
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