Chapter 4. Assessing Mental Capacity and Making Best Interest Decisions

  1. Angela Hassiotis Senior Lecturer1,
  2. Diana Andrea Barron Clinical Research Fellow1 and
  3. Ian Hall Consultant Psychiatrist2
  1. Ian Hall Consultant Psychiatrist and
  2. Afia Ali

Published Online: 16 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682968.ch4

Intellectual Disability Psychiatry: A Practical Handbook

Intellectual Disability Psychiatry: A Practical Handbook

How to Cite

Hall, I. and Ali, A. (2009) Assessing Mental Capacity and Making Best Interest Decisions, in Intellectual Disability Psychiatry: A Practical Handbook (eds A. Hassiotis, D. A. Barron and I. Hall), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470682968.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 1

    UCL Department of Mental Health Sciences, London W1W 7EJ, UK

  2. 2

    East London NHS Foundation Trust, London E1 4DG, UK

Author Information

  1. East London NHS Foundation Trust, London E1 4DG, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 OCT 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 DEC 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470742518

Online ISBN: 9780470682968

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Keywords:

  • assessing mental capacity and making best interest decisions;
  • people with intellectual disability and making decisions for themselves;
  • moderate to severe intellectual disabilities - unable to make decisions;
  • English and Welsh Mental Capacity Act 2005 - five core principles;
  • capacity assessment - capacity, ‘decision-specific’;
  • helping people with intellectual disabilities;
  • making best interest decisions;
  • welfare decisions for someone lacking capacity;
  • independent mental capacity advocate (IMCA);
  • planning for losing capacity in dementia and bipolar disorder

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Assessment of capacity

  • Making best interest decisions

  • Planning for losing capacity

  • Deprivation of liberty safeguards

  • The use of the Mental Health Act

  • Conducting research with people who lack capacity

  • Children and young people

  • Conclusion

  • References

  • Further reading