Consent and Capacity Decision-Making

What Health Care Providers and Their Staff Need to Know

Providers of health care services are responsible for obtaining informed consent for any treatment or service proposed. But health care professionals and clinical staff – and particularly providers of mental health services or services to children, disabled or elderly clients – frequently struggle with the thorny of consent and capacity.
 These include:

  • How to obtain valid informed consent;
  • How to determine whether a client is capable of giving that consent; and
  • How substitute decision makers are required to make decisions on behalf of incapable individuals.

Our workshops on consent, capacity and substitute-decision making are specific to the provider, its services and its clients.  They are designed to help health care professionals and clinical staff of health care agencies and institutions understand:

  • The principles of consent to treatment under the Health Care Consent Act, 1996
  • How to assess capacity to make decisions (respecting treatment, admission to a care facility, personal assistance services, and management of property)
  • The role of the substitute decision-maker
  • How to manage disputes between decision-makers
  • The impact of prior capable wishes
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