Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street, Room 108
  • February 8, 2017 from 4:10pm to 5:30pm

Speaker:Juan Gutiérrez Mejía, MD, MHSc (Bioethics), Critical Care Medicine Department, National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition

Capacity for medical decision making is the clinical condition required to allow any patient respect for his freedom of choice regarding medical treatment. It is so fundamentally relevant that by default we should consider everyone capable to decide, but when do we start doubting that a patient is capable? Why is this assessment a medical process? How sure are we regarding the procedure of the assessment? How can we improve this assessment? Should we be changing the way we apply this assessment under conditions like medical assistance in dying (MAiD)?

This seminar aims to review this controversial topic considering the appropriateness of actual practice at the medical scenario. We will comment on the role of uncertainty in medical practice and how it impacts in capacity assessment. Finally, we will suggest different actions that may improve the quality of our assessment to better reflect patient’s wishes.

This seminar is free and open to the public. No registration required.