Consent, capacity and the right to say no

Peter D Bastian, Adeleen Eng, Linley A Denson and Lynn Ward
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01750
Published online: 4 May 2015

To the Editor: Snow and Fleming identify an important and often ignored problem.1 Without commenting on their specific case, we would point out that assessing a patient's medical decision-making capacity is part of every medical encounter,2 usually as an informal process and often without deliberative thought.

  • Peter D Bastian1
  • Adeleen Eng1
  • Linley A Denson2
  • Lynn Ward2

  • 1 Northern Adelaide Local Health Network, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.

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