An assessment protocol for determining decision making capacity

Zuscak, Simon J. and Coyle, Ian R. (2014) An assessment protocol for determining decision making capacity. In: 1st Annual International Capacity Conference: Capacity, Ethics and the Prevention of Abuse, 20 Sept 2014, Wanchai, Hong Kong.

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There is a bourgeoning elderly population, an increase in District Court estate disputes, and an identified need to refer at risk clients for formal assessment. However, there is limited research into effective and efficient assessment protocols vis-à-vis testamentary capacity and capacity to appoint an enduring power of attorney. Statistical limitations of neuropsychological tests are often overlooked. The current study reviews the interaction of legal principles and the scientic method in common law jurisdictions. Preliminary findings from expert opinions are presented. Participants are 13 general practitioners, seven lawyers and seven psychologists. Data was collected through a nominal group technique (focus group). Investigation of qualitative results indicated similarities and differences in approach adopted by the differing disciplines. The next phase of this research is to test-run an assessment protocol informed from the current findings.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Abstract only published.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology, Counselling and Community
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2016 04:40
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2017 01:38
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1607 Social Work > 160703 Social Program Evaluation
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170202 Decision Making
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology

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