Capacity to decide about medical treatment

Br J Hosp Med. 1996 Sep 18-Oct 1;56(6):295-7.


The British Medical Association and Law Society recently produced much-needed guidance for doctors on assessment of mental capacity to consent to or refuse medical treatment. This article assesses various aspects of the guidance and examines key issues with reference to growing literature on capacity. The author recommends use of the guidance to health-care professionals generally and identifies further areas for consideration.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Mental Competency / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Societies, Medical
  • Treatment Refusal / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • United Kingdom