Treating patients who lack competence

Cornock, Marc (2024). Treating patients who lack competence. Orthopaedic & Trauma Times(44) pp. 21–25.


This article discusses the principles of treating a patient who lacks the competence to make their own treatment decisions.

It begins with an examination of competence and incompetence before moving on to the legal basis by which incompetent patients may be treated. Both adult and child patients are considered.

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