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Advance Care Planning in End of Life Care$
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Keri Thomas and Ben Lobo

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199561636

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199561636.001.0001

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The implications of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 for Advance Care Planning and decision making

The implications of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 for Advance Care Planning and decision making

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(p.83) Chapter 8 The implications of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 for Advance Care Planning and decision making
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Advance Care Planning in End of Life Care
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Simon Chapman

Andrew Makin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199561636.003.0008

This chapter provides an overview of the MCA's impact on end of life care. It situates the MCA in the current context of policy and practice. It describes how the MCA can be used to improve care, enable people to express and protect choices, and empower and enable the professional and/or the proxy decision maker. It also presents an introduction and explanation of the role of the IMCA and how it might apply to Advance Care Planning (ACP) and End of Life decision making, and an explanation of the legal and ethical process involved in reaching best interest decisions, especially for potentially vulnerable people in care homes and other settings.

Keywords:   Mental Capacity Act, Advance Care Planning, end of life care, mental capacity, best interest decisions

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