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Intern: "I definitely don't have decision-making capacity!"

In health care, capacity refers to one's ability to understand information and communicate a decision with reason, while understanding the risks and benefits associated with that decision.

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  1. Many patients who you think don't have capacity actually do have capacity.
  2. Interns never have capacity.[1]
  3. A patient who leaves AMA (against medical advice) always has decision-making capacity.

Additional Reading


  1. Intern Determined Not to Have Medical Decision-Making Capacity (Gomerblog)

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