Patient Lacks Capacity

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For example, a 17 year old may have the capacity to make decisions for him- or herself, but not be competent from a legal point of view “Capacity” refers to a determination made by medical professionals that a patient has the ability to make a specific decision at a specific time. To have capacity, patients must have the ability to understand and reason about their medical conditions, and to realize the indications, risks, benefits, and alternatives to proposed treatments. If a patient lacks capacity, consent must be obtained from an authorized decision maker unless an emergency or other exception applies

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