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Capacity and consent: understanding the implications for nursing practice

Capacity and consent: understanding the implications for nursing practice It is a fundamental principle enshrined in health law, and central to medical and nursing ethics, that health professionals are unable to treat an individual unless they have obtained their informed consent. This principle applies irrespective of how old the person is, although different rules apply to children under the age of 16 years. If an adult patient refuses to give their consent and are deemed to have the mental competence or ‘capacity’ to do so, health professionals are not permitted to provide care or treatment, even in the event that this may cause the person lasting, preventable health damage, or result in death. This article summarises what is meant by the terms ‘capacity’, ‘consent’ and ‘informed consent’, and outlines the implications for nursing practice. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Aesthetic Nursing Mark Allen Group

Capacity and consent: understanding the implications for nursing practice

Journal of Aesthetic Nursing , Volume 7 (4): 3 – May 2, 2018

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Publisher
Mark Allen Group
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 MA Healthcare Limited
ISSN
2050-3717
eISSN
2052-2878
DOI
10.12968/joan.2018.7.4.212
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Abstract

It is a fundamental principle enshrined in health law, and central to medical and nursing ethics, that health professionals are unable to treat an individual unless they have obtained their informed consent. This principle applies irrespective of how old the person is, although different rules apply to children under the age of 16 years. If an adult patient refuses to give their consent and are deemed to have the mental competence or ‘capacity’ to do so, health professionals are not permitted to provide care or treatment, even in the event that this may cause the person lasting, preventable health damage, or result in death. This article summarises what is meant by the terms ‘capacity’, ‘consent’ and ‘informed consent’, and outlines the implications for nursing practice.

Journal

Journal of Aesthetic NursingMark Allen Group

Published: May 2, 2018

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