Decision making ability, capacity, and competency: What they are and how to assess them in persons living with dementia

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Join Dr Jason Karlawish in this webinar which focuses on the impact on decision making.

Dr Karlawish explains the core concepts of decision making ability, decisional capacity and competency with particular attention to the skills needed to assess whether a person may need support in making a decision, or may not be able to make a decision.

PRESENTER

Dr Jason Karlawish

Dr Jason Karlawish

Jason Karlawish is a Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Neurology at Penn. He cares for patients at the Penn Memory Center, which he co-directs.

His research focuses on issues at the intersections of bioethics, aging and the eurosciences. He has developed standards for Alzheimer’s disease biomarker disclosure and investigated the clinical impacts of this knowledge on persons and their families. He developed the Assessment of Capacity for Everyday Decision making, or ACED, a widely disseminated instrument that assesses a person’s ability to solve an everyday functional problem. He is the author of Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont, a novel based on true events along the 19th century American frontier and is currently writing The Disease of the Century, an account of how Alzheimer’s disease became a crisis and the steps needed to address it (Macmillan/St Martin’s press).

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Increase knowledge of the core concepts of decision making ability, decisional capacity and competency for people living with dementia
  • Increase understanding of the impact on decision making for people living with dementia
  • Increase understanding of the skills needed to assess whether a person may need support in making a decision, or may not be able to make a decision


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