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Assessing Capability of Medical Decision Making Capacity


Assessing Capability of Medical Decision Making Capacity

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Michelle Rhodes, MD, Monica Vandivort, MD, Paul Gee, MD
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
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A multifacted program focused on Assessment of Medical Decision Making Capacity. It includes the following education and assessment tools:


  • Elder Care Provider Sheet, “Medical Decision-Making Capacity”
  • A needs assessment for all medical and surgical specialties
  • Just-in-time reference cards
  • Mini-CEX to assess residents


Educational objectives: 

Determine if the patient has the:

  • Ability to clearly communicate their choice for treatment or non-treatment
  • Ability to understand the relevant information (regarding medical condition and treatment)
  • Ability to understand the situation and the consequences of treatment options
  • Ability to reason about treatment choices, consistent with personal values



Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

Subscribers to POGOe are free to reprint Elder Care on their own stationery or in other publications without obtaining specific permission, so long as:

  1. Content is not changed,
  2. No one is charged a fee to use or read the publication,
  3. Authors and their affiliated institutions are noted without change, and
  4. The reprint includes the following statement: “Reprinted courtesy of the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics and the Arizona Geriatric Education Center."
Estimated time to complete: 
1 hour
Resident Level Competencies: 
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: 
No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
Already Expired Email Date: 
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 1:40am
Already Expired Email 1 month date: 
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 4:46pm
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Suggested Citation:
Assessing Capability of Medical Decision Making Capacity. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2015 Available from: