When can relatives make decisions about a patient’s care?
Who can make treatment decisions for a patient who lacks capacity – and what happens when there is conflict among relatives about a patient’s care
When a patient lacks capacity to make their own decisions, it can be difficult to manage relatives’ expectations, especially if they disagree on the right treatment.
When do relatives have the right to make decisions, and what can nurses do to help?
Treatment decisions and the Mental Capacity Act 2005
Caring for patients who lack capacity to make decisions is governed by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 . This provides a statutory framework, including how to assess a person’s capacity and how to provide care and treatment when a person lacks the
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