Chapter 5. Scenarios B: Making Decisions in the Best Interests of Others

  1. Bridgit Dimond

Published Online: 15 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470697665.ch5a

Legal Aspects of Mental Capacity

Legal Aspects of Mental Capacity

How to Cite

Dimond, B. (2008) Scenarios B: Making Decisions in the Best Interests of Others, in Legal Aspects of Mental Capacity, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470697665.ch5a

Author Information

  1. Emeritus Professor, University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405133593

Online ISBN: 9780470697665

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Keywords:

  • mental capacity;
  • decision;
  • anti-rejection medication;
  • mental capacity act (MCA);
  • national health service (NHS)

Summary

This chapter contains section titled:

  • Introduction

  • Unjustified assumptions

  • Example of a case which decided what were ‘best interests’

  • Temporary or permanent incapacity

  • Encouraging participation in decision making

  • Modified best interests

  • Risk taking

  • Consultation with others

  • Independence

  • Use of restraint

  • Loss of liberty

  • Expenditure

  • Standard of compliance

  • Decision making and persons detained under the Mental Health Act

  • Serious medical treatment

  • Decisions about sexual activity

  • Intimate care

  • Check list for determining best interests on behalf of P

  • References