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The mental capacity act and dementia research

01 April 2013

Nursing Older People

Art & Science

For research to have an impact on people with dementia, they need to be involved in studies. However, undertaking research with participants who may lack capacity to...

Understanding mental capacity law and making best-interests decisions

Nursing Standard

evidence & practice

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 was enacted with the aim of improving the protection provided by the law to the most vulnerable people in society. The principles of the...

The Mental Capacity Act 2005: considerations for nursing practice

11 September 2013

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article explores the main elements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the implications for nurses. Many vulnerable adults have impaired capacity, and it is...

Helping people with learning disabilities exercise their right to autonomy

27 August 2014

Learning Disability Practice


This article aims to give readers an overview of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and its role in supporting the right to autonomy of people who, because of their...

Supported decision making: the rights of people with dementia

23 March 2016

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is used to assess a person’s decision-making ability and to make a best interests decision where the individual lacks the capacity to do...