This session will present core principles of a capacity evaluation. Required patient attributes to establish capacity will be explained (stable decision pattern, understanding of the given information, ability to manipulate this information rationally, and appreciation for the potential impact of these decisions on one's health and life). Algorithms for the next steps in the care of incapacitated individuals will be presented. Clinical vignettes will illustrate capacity evaluation in various scenarios and outcomes using these algorithms.
Define capacity and describe common scenarios when a capacity determination is warranted.
Describe essential elements of the capacity evaluation and a mnemonic to assist the evaluation.
Use algorithms for the next steps in the management of incapacitated individuals.
Describe the role of an ethics consultant in the care of an incapacitated and unbefriended individual.