Informed Consent (cont.)
Richard A Wagner, MD, PhD
James E Keany, MD, FACEP
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor III, MD
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Decision-making capacity is often referred to by the legal term competency. It is one of the most important components of informed consent. Decision-making capacity is not black and white. You may have the capacity to make some decisions, but not others.
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