Because of intermittent refusal of both dialysis and medications, serial capacity assessments were made on a 38-year-old male on hemodialysis and receiving TB treatment. His capacity to make an informed treatment decision appeared to fluctuate and despite multidisciplinary involvement and a court determination that treatment should take place, questions remained as to how such a case should be managed in the patient's best interest. The process of making a capacity determination was reviewed from both a psychiatric and legal viewpoint and alternative strategies presented.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health