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Gerontologist. 1995 Oct;35(5):622-9.

Competence of long-term care residents to participate in decisions about their medical care: a brief, objective assessment.

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Myers Research Institute of Menorah Park Center for the Aging, Beachwood, OH 44122, USA.


Data from 50 residents of a long-term care facility were used to examine the extent to which performance on a brief, objective inventory could predict a clinical psychologist's evaluation of competence to participate in decisions about medical care. Results indicate that the competence to participate in medical decisions of two-thirds of the residents could be accurately assessed using scores on a mental status instrument and two vignette-based measures of medical decision-making. These procedures could enable nursing home staff to objectively assess the competence of residents to participate in important decisions about their medical care.

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