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Competence and capacity at the end of life: uneasy paternalism

Brian H Le and Michael D Chapman
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (5): 312. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10209
Published online: 19 March 2012

In reply: We thank Reutens and Peisah for their response to our article.1 We agree that careful capacity assessment is of critical importance — a patient’s capacity should be assessed rather than assumed.

  • Brian H Le
  • Michael D Chapman

  • Palliative Care Unit, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: brian.le@mh.org.au

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