Mental capacity assessments for COVID-19 patients: emergency admissions and the CARD approach

Cameron Stewart, Paul Biegler, Scott Brunero, Scott Lamont, George F. 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. We term this the CARD approach (Comprehend, Appreciate, Reason, and Decide).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)803-808
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Bioethical Inquiry
Volume17
Issue number4
Early online date9 Nov 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Capacity
  • Consent
  • COVID-19
  • Emergency admission

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