Influence of Psychiatric Symptoms on Decisional Capacity in Treatment Refusal

Joshua M. Baruth, Maria Isabel Lapid

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How psychiatric symptoms affect patients' decision making in practice can inform how we think-theoretically and conceptually-about what it means for those patients to have decision-making capacity. Assessment of a patient's decisional capacity allows those with adequate capacity to make choices regarding treatment and protects those who lack capacity from potential harm caused by impaired decision making. In analyzing a case in which a patient with stage II breast cancer refuses further treatment, we review the conceptual model of informed consent and approaches to assessing decision-making capacity that are in accordance with the American Medical Association Code of Medical Ethics as well as tools to assess decisional capacity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-425
Number of pages10
JournalAMA journal of ethics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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