Addressing issues related to adult patients who lack the capacity to give consent
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Addressing issues related to adult patients who lack the capacity to give consent

Christine Hutchinson Consultant nurse learning disability, Preston Primary Care Trust, Lancashire

Capacity to consent is an area of practice that raises many ethical issues. The assessment by practitioners requires a flexible and creative approach. The Mental Capacity Bill is under final scrutiny by the House of Lords’ committee and is intended to provide clearer guidance to focus practice in the future.

Nursing Standard. 19, 23, 47-53. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.02.19.23.47.c3807

Correspondence

christine.hutchinson@prestonpct.nhs.uk

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