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A medical treatment decision maker's guide for when the person lacks capacity to undertake advance care planning


This guide covers five areas that relate to making medical treatment decisions for a person who lacks medical decision-making capacity to consent to their own treatment or to refuse that treatment:

  • How should medical decisions be made?
  • How can the medical treatment decision maker know what the person would want?
  • What challenges can a medical treatment decision maker expect?
  • What is the form ‘What I understand to be the person’s preferences and values’?
  • How are a person’s preferences and values translated into a medical treatment plan?

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