Southwest Philosophy Review 29 (1):241-248 (2013)

Daniel Moseley
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Gary Gala
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Decisional capacity evaluations (DCEs) occur in clinical settings where it is unclear whether a consumer of medical services has the capacity to make an informed decision about the relevant medical options. DCEs are localized interventions, not the global loss of competence, that assign a surrogate decision maker to make the decision on behalf of the medical consumer. We maintain that one important necessary condition for a DCE to be morally justified, in cases of medical necessity, is that the health care consumer under evaluation is incapable of expressing a preference for a certain outcome.
Keywords Conference Proceedings  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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DOI 10.5840/swphilreview201329125
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