Neurological Patients and Decision-making Capacity

Morris Levin

in Emergency Neurology

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Published in print April 2013 | ISBN: 9780199862856
Published online November 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199348855 | DOI:

Series: What Do I Do Now

Neurological Patients and Decision-making Capacity

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Chapter 22 presents a case of neurological patients and decision-making capacity, and discusses that patients have the right to refuse treatment, that when you suspect that a patient has cognitive incapacity or a psychiatric condition that prevents understanding and/or appreciation of the seriousness of the medical status, and consequences of refusing treatment, a determination of decision-making capacity should be made, and that a court order can be obtained to test or treat, but in emergencies, an exception is generally assumed to be granted.

Chapter.  1000 words. 

Subjects: Neurology

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