Case Study I: Patient Rights and Legal Issues Concepts (Covers Week 5 Material)


Concept 1: Consider the relationship of self-determination to competence by differentiating patients who are competent to give consent and those who are incompetent. Discuss the steps in determining whether a patient is competent to provide informed consent for a treatment.


Concept 2: Define competency to consent to or refuse treatment and relate the definition to the Self-Determination Act.


Concept 3: Discuss the purposes of living wills and health proxies. Discuss their use in psychiatric- mental health care.