Mental capacity assessments for COVID-19 patients

emergency admissions and the CARD approach

Cameron Stewart, Paul Biegler, Scott Brunero, Scott Lamont, George Tomossy

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Abstract

The doctrine of consent (or informed consent, as it is called in North America) is built upon presumptions of mental capacity. Those presumptions must be tested according to legal rules that may be difficult to apply to COVID-19 patients during emergency presentations. We examine the principles of mental capacity and make recommendations on how to assess the capacity of COVID-19 patients to consent to emergency medical treatment using what we call the CARD approach.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Bioethical Inquiry
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 28 Aug 2020

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