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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Capacity Quiz

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1. Even if a resident is capable, informed consent for treatment must also be obtained from the person named in the resident's Power of Attorney for Personal Care document.

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2. A resident can be capable of making one decision and incapable of making another decision, at the same time.

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

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5. If a resident is capable of making a particular treatment decision, he or she has no substitute decision maker for that decision.

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6. Capacity can come and go over time.

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7. 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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8. Capacity should be evaluated at the time that something is proposed - not before.

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

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