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. A person who has made a Power of Attorney for Personal Care document can no longer make his or her own treatment decisions.

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2. Regulated health practitioners who find a resident incapable of making a treatment decision are required to follow their regulatory college's guidelines in providing information.

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3. Health care providers are not responsible for ensuring that substitute decision makers are capable of providing consent.

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

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

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6. 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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7. Residents have the right to appeal a finding of incapacity.

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8. Capacity is to be presumed unless it is not reasonable to do so.

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9. Capacity can come and go over time.

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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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