Evaluating Decision-Making Capacity Challenges Faced by Clinicians in Switzerland

Iseli, Luzia M. and Wangmo, Tenzin and Hermann, Helena and Trachsel, Manuel and Elger, Bernice S.. (2018) Evaluating Decision-Making Capacity Challenges Faced by Clinicians in Switzerland. GeroPsych : the journal of gerontopsychology and geriatric psychiatry, 31 (2). pp. 67-75.

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The study identified factors that make an evaluation of decision-making capacity (DMC) difficult for clinicians in their daily work. Semistructured interviews were carried out with 24 healthcare professionals from Switzerland and subsequently thematically analyzed. The challenges they faced when evaluating DMC stemmed from three main concerns: patient characteristics that impede DMC evaluation; differing opinions and consequences of DMC evaluation; and familial and legal situations that complicate such evaluations. Physicians must be adequately trained to evaluate DMC as it is closely related to basic ethical principles of respect for patients' autonomy and beneficence. Extensive training on DMC evaluation and the legal concept of capacity should be part of pre- and postgraduate education.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Public Health > Ehemalige Einheiten Public Health > Medizin- und Gesundheitsethik (Reiter-Theil)
08 Cross-disciplinary Subjects > Ethik > Institut für Bio- und Medizinethik > Bio- und Medizinethik (Elger)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Public Health > Ethik in der Medizin > Bio- und Medizinethik (Elger)
UniBasel Contributors:Wangmo, Tenzin
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Deposited On:15 Nov 2018 15:37

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