n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Wills and curators - decision-making in adults with impaired capacity

Volume 30, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



There is an extended responsibility to the mentally ill vulnerable person over and above clinical care. The medical practitioner must recognise his or her involvement in making decisions pertaining to health and personal issues, which are dependent on the ability of the patient to function in various areas. Competence may be considered as the umbrella concept on which all other issues are dependent. The concept of competency is viewed differently from clinical and legal aspects. Some international jurisdictions have introduced more specific guidelines for recording mental capacity in legislature, indicating that legal guidelines are considered important. The ability to contract, including making a will, requires a satisfactory level of functioning.

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