Capacity Quiz

When do you know if someone is capable of making a treatment decision? 

Is capacity all-or-nothing?

Who can evaluate capacity?

Take the capacity quiz to find out how well you understand treatment decision making capacity in Ontario

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Please note: The information contained in these quizzes is not intended to be used as medical or legal advice.

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Capacity Quiz

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1. To be capable, a person must have the ability to understand information related to the treatment decision, and the ability to appreciate the consequences of their decision.

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2. A resident can be incapable of making a particular treatment decision in the morning, and then capable of making the same decision in the afternoon.

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3. A resident with dementia cannot be capable of consenting to a treatment decision.

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4. Residents have the right to appeal a finding of incapacity.

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5. The person proposing treatment is responsible for ensuring consent comes from a capable person (whether that person is the resident, or the substitute decision maker).

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6. A resident must consent to a capacity evaluation.

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7. Capacity can come and go over time.

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8. A resident is incapable of treatment decisions if they were incapable of admission to long-term care decisions.

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9. A resident's substitute decision maker can decide whether or not the resident is capable of making treatment decisions.

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10. Capable residents have the right to refuse treatment - even if health care providers think it would be beneficial, or life-saving.

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