Decisional Capacity

Expert Q&A

Decisional Capacity

Topics: Aid to capacity evaluation (ACE) | Capacity | Collaborative care | Decisional Capacity | Dispositional capacity | Medical incapacity hold | Surrogate decision-maker

CHPR: Can you start by telling us what criteria you use to assess capacity? Dr. Cheung: We generally look for evidence of capacity in four domains. These have become the standard criteria for assessing capacity, based on Dr. Paul Appelbaum’s work from many years ago (Appelbaum PS and Grisso T, N Engl J Med 1988;319(25):1635–1638). The domains are:

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