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Assessing patients' capacity

Assessing patients' capacity

Format

Practice

Time to Complete

0.5 hours

Published

June 15, 2018

Updated

July 3, 2018

Programme Description

MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Sissy Frank advises on what to do when assessing patients’ capacity to make decisions about healthcare. Key learning points for GPs and other healthcare professionals include steps to follow, how to document discussions about capacity, and when to seek a second opinion.

This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 9 CPD credits.

Educational Objectives

After reading this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Avoid making assumptions about patients’ capacity
  • Recognise the limits of each capacity assessment
  • Involve and support patients in decision-making
  • Keep records of capacity assessments
  • Author

    Activity and test author
    Dr Sissy Frank
    MDU medico-legal adviser
    UK

    Disclosure

    This article is provided by the MDU

    INSTRUCTIONS

    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 0.5 learning credits (0.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs. This activity is offered at no cost.

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