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Autonomy and capacity: the ethical and legal considerations

Bifarin, O and Stonehouse, D (2021) Autonomy and capacity: the ethical and legal considerations. British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, 15 (11). pp. 545-549. ISSN 1753-1586

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This article discusses the important concept of autonomy and what this means for patients and their families. This concept is the first of the four ethical principles identified by Beauchamp and Childress (2019) and is an important legal issue. First, the ethical position of autonomy will be explored, before moving on to discuss the legal aspects. Next, definitions will be presented, and the relevant and pertinent parts of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2018) code introduced. Finally, closely linked to autonomy is capacity. This link will be discussed, highlighting the processes and considerations that need to be considered if a person’s capacity is reduced.

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Additional Information: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see https://doi.org/10.12968/bjha.2021.15.11.545
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Nursing & Allied Health
Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2022 11:28
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2022 11:30
DOI or ID number: 10.12968/bjha.2021.15.11.545
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17121
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