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Dr. James Tew presents on the Assessment of Decision-Making Capacity in the Older Patient.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Cite relevant prevalence of incapacity in different settings
  • List the four main components of the capacity assessment
  • Describe tools used in the capacity assessment

Reading Resources:

  1. Sessums LL, Zembrzuska H, Jackson JL. Does this patient have medical decision-making capacity? JAMA. 2011 Jul 27;306(4):420-7.
  2. Appelbaum PS. Clinical practice. Assessment of patients' competence to consent to treatment. N Engl J Med. 2007 Nov 1;357(18):1834-40.
  3. Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto


Dr. Tew has no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

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The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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Release Date: 1/22/2015 | Last Modified On: 1/22/2015 | Expires: 1/22/2016

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