Capacity to consent: issues and controversies

Hosp Med. 2001 Jun;62(6):351-4. doi: 10.12968/hosp.2001.62.6.1591.


Capacity to consent has major ethical and legal implications, but it is often poorly understood and inadequately practiced. Varied literature on the subject is reviewed with a view to discuss the legal and clinical aspects and strategies to improve current practice.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Decision Making
  • Ethics, Medical
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Mental Competency* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Mental Competency* / psychology
  • Patient Participation / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Patient Participation / psychology*
  • United Kingdom