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Nuances in Determining Decisional Capacity

Elizabeth Vig, MD, MPH

Associate Professor

Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine,

UW School of Medicine

Staff Physician

VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lecture, you should be able to:

  • Identify 4 different realms where capacity may be assessed
  • Explain the 4 decision-making abilities that are assessed in determining capacity to make medical decisions
  • Name some common myths about decisional capacity
  • Describe the concept of supported decision-making

[From the Winter 2024 Geriatric Healthcare Lecture Series]