Consent, capacity and the law [BOOK CHAPTER]

Consent, capacity and the law [BOOK CHAPTER]
Jonathan Waite
The ECT Handbook, Cambridge University Press, Online 2018; chapter 22
All medical procedures, be they therapeutic or investigative, touch on the issue of consent – that is a measure of willingness on the part of the patient to undertake the procedure proposed. In this, ECT is no different to other therapeutic interventions. However, ECT has a particular status both within psychiatry and within the law that makes specific discussion of issues with regard to consent necessary.

Editor’s note: The Cambridge university Press summarizes The ECT Handbook as “present[ing] the latest clinical guidelines on the prescription and practical administration of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). It clarifies the place of ECT in contemporary practice and reviews the evidence for its efficacy. The ECT Handbook is an essential reference manual for all psychiatrists, for anaesthetists and nurses who work in ECT clinics, for everyone professionally involved in caring for patients for whom ECT may be recommended, and for second-opinion appointed doctors working for the Care Quality Commission.”

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