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UNIT 7:

PERSONS WITHOUT THE CAPACITY TO CONSENT

 

OUTLINE OF THE SYLLABUS

1. Criteria for competence to consent

a. Definition of incompetence
b. Criteria to determine competence to consent
c. Article 7 preface: special protection is to be given to persons who do not have the capacity to consent
d. Give examples of persons who cannot satisfy the criteria; distinguish different categories of persons not able to consent

2. Categories of persons without the capacity to consent

a. Different distinctions can be made
b. Examples of persons who cannot satisfy the criteria
c. Illustrative case of mental patients

3. Legal provisions concerning consent and capacity to consent

a. The role of domestic legal provisions
b. The role of international human rights law

4. Procedures:

a. Explain Article 7.a.
b. How to obtain consent in health care practice?
c. Special procedures in ethics to construct consent
   i. Determination of appropriate substitute decision-makers
   ii. Best interest criterion

 
   
 
FILM: Critical Care / (S. Lumet, 1997)

Synopsis
A second-year resident finds himself in the center of a dilemma when two daughters of a comatose patient can't agree if they should keep their father on life support or not.