Conceptions of decision-making capacity in psychiatry: interviews with Swedish psychiatrists

BMC Medical Ethics 16 (1):34 (2015)
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Abstract

Decision-making capacity is a key concept in contemporary healthcare ethics. Previous research has mainly focused on philosophical, conceptual issues or on evaluation of different tools for assessing patients’ capacity. The aim of the present study is to investigate how the concept and its normative role are understood in Swedish psychiatric care. Of special interest for present purposes are the relationships between decisional capacity and psychiatric disorders and between health law and practical ethics.

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