Assessing Capacity to Make Decisions about Long-term Care Needs: Ethical Perspectives and Practical Challenges in Hospital Social Work
Graduate studies at Western
Ethics and Social Welfare 6 (4):411-417 (2012)
|Abstract||In this paper I will examine how the Mental Capacity Act 2005 regulates the assessment of decision-making capacity in England and Wales. I will argue that there are difficulties in reconciling the Act with how people make decisions in practice. I will explore how ideas from the ethics of care and from phenomenology can be used to take better account of how capacity flows from a person's relationships as well as their individual abilities. I will conclude by discussing some of the ethical issues that have arisen in my assessments of decision-making capacity and how I have tried to respond|
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