Whose life is it anyway? Capacity and consent in Canada

Straus, Sharon; Stelfox, Tom
November 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;11/20/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 11, p1329
Academic Journal
The author reflects on how Consent and Capacity Board in Ontario helps patients make decision about personal-care directives. The author cites one case in which an elderly woman with advanced dementia, lacked the capacity to decide about her personal care. The decision of her family and the physicians differs which made the situation worse, however, the Board can be of help by conducting hearings. The author believes that this provincial consent and capacity legislation should be amended.


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