Implications of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 on advance care planning at the end of life
Julie Foster Preferred place of care co-ordinator, Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Network, Preston
Mary Turner Preferred place of care project manager, Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Network, Preston
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is concerned with decisions that are made on behalf of adults who lack the capacity to make those decisions for themselves. It has profound implications for decision making in end-of-life care. This article explores some of the issues raised by this legislation and highlights the need for health and social care professionals who are engaged in providing end-of-life care to understand their legal duty in relation to the act.
Nursing Standard. 22, 2,35-39. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.09.22.2.35.c4615
Published in print: 19 September 2007Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review