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Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment in Cases of Dementia

Joanna Davies, Rob George

Evaluating someone’s mental capacity in relation to advance decisions to refuse treatment can be a challenge for health professionals, particularly in cases of dementia. The Mental Capacity Act 2005 clarifies and formalises the functional assessment of capacity. It aims to protect individual autonomy and counter the assumption that, just because... Read full article

Truth Telling, Deceit and Lying in Cases of Advanced Dementia

Rob George

Telling the truth is an integral part of every relationship. If people are not told the truth, it is hard for them to function effectively in society. In health care, if clinicians lie to patients, then patients are unable to make informed decisions. Such practice compromises patients’ autonomy. Therefore, the... Read full article

Exploring in More Depth Issues of Truth Telling, Deceit and Lying

Rob George

The ethics article in the last issue ( George, 2011 ; see journal archives) discussed the case of an 80-year-old woman called Martha, with advanced multi-infarct dementia. When Martha suffered infarcts, her cognitive ability temporarily worsened and, for short periods, she forgot that her husband had died. When told that... Read full article

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