9. Decision Making and Mental Capacity

  1. Nadina B. Lincoln1,
  2. Ian I. Kneebone2,
  3. Jamie A. B. Macniven3 and
  4. Reg C. Morris4

Published Online: 1 DEC 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119961307.ch9

Psychological Management of Stroke

Psychological Management of Stroke

How to Cite

Lincoln, N. B., Kneebone, I. I., Macniven, J. A. B. and Morris, R. C. (2011) Decision Making and Mental Capacity, in Psychological Management of Stroke, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119961307.ch9

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Nottingham, UK

  2. 2

    University of Surrey, UK

  3. 3

    Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand

  4. 4

    Cardiff University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 DEC 2011
  2. Published Print: 25 NOV 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470684276

Online ISBN: 9781119961307



  • decision making and mental capacity;
  • decision making, act of judgement;
  • tests of capacity, being functional;
  • legal definition of decision making;
  • cognition, and decision making;
  • emotional, noncognitive factors;
  • healthcare, shared decision making;
  • impaired decision making, mental capacity;
  • MMSE, and cognitive ability;
  • end-of-life decisions, in stroke care


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Decision making

  • Legal definitions

  • Cognition and decision making

  • Emotion and decision making

  • Shared decision making in healthcare

  • Impaired decision making: mental capacity in health care

  • Assessment of mental capacity

  • Approaches to managing mental incapacity

  • Aids to improve decision making

  • Controversial areas

  • Implementation of mental capacity policies and legislation

  • Conclusions

  • Future research