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Assessment of Mental Capacity: A Practical Guide for Doctors and Lawyers

A great deal of effort has been made to help nurses embed the principles of the Mental Capacity Act into their practice. This book is not addressed specifically to nurses, who can read a similar guide by Graham and Cowley, but will be of interest to psychiatrists.

A great deal of effort has been made to help nurses embed the principles of the Mental Capacity Act into their practice. This book is not addressed specifically to nurses, who can read a similar guide by Graham and Cowley, but will be of interest to psychiatrists.

Its starting assumption is that the actual legal test for mental capacity overrides all other diagnostic screening tests.

Edited by Alex Ruck Keene, a barrister with significant court experience, the book charts what has happened and the lessons learned from the first seven years after the act was introduced. Organised in four parts, the fourth deals with the medical practicalities of assessing capacity and will be the most useful section for healthcare practitioners.

Experts from a variety of disciplines including psychiatry, disability rights, law and ethics contribute to make it a useful resource for capacity assessment.

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