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Conflict in care: Respecting the decision of the individual

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Conflict in care: Respecting the decision of the individual

Pauline Beldon
27 March 2014

As the proportion of older people in the UK population grows, clinicians are likely to encounter individuals who, for their own reasons, do not wish to participate in treatment regimens that the clinician deems will protect them from harm. This places the clinician in a difficult position and poses a range of questions: from “How do we provide appropriate care without contravening the wishes of the individual?” to “Does the individual have the mental capacity to make decisions regarding their healthcare needs?”

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