Chapter 9. Advance Decisions

  1. Bridgit Dimond

Published Online: 15 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470697665.ch9

Legal Aspects of Mental Capacity

Legal Aspects of Mental Capacity

How to Cite

Dimond, B. (2008) Advance Decisions, in Legal Aspects of Mental Capacity, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470697665.ch9

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



  • mental capacity act;
  • patient treatment;
  • decision making;
  • health care;
  • court of appeal


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Introduction

  • Advance decision to refuse Treatment: General

  • What are the legal formalities?

  • Oral advance decisions

  • How can it be changed? Withdrawal or alteration of an advance decision

  • Validity and applicability of advance decisions

  • Capacity of P

  • Relevance of the advance decision

  • Life-Sustaining treatment

  • Conditions for an advance decision to cover Life-Sustaining treatment to be valid

  • Application to the Court of Protection

  • What can P refuse?

  • Conscientious objection

  • Excluded decisions

  • Pregnant women

  • Implications for health professionals and others

  • Advance request to initiate or continue treatment

  • Assisted dying or suicide and mental incapacity

  • Conclusions

  • References