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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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RESTREPO B, Diana; CARDENO C, Carlos; DUQUE G, Marle  e  JARAMILLO, Santiago. From the principle of beneficence to the principle of autonomy: Assessment of Patients' mental competency in the general hospital. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2012, vol.41, n.2, pp.395-407. ISSN 0034-7450.

Introduction: Refusing a medical procedure is a valid way of exercising every patient's right to autonomy. From the legal point of view, autonomy is based on the right to privacy. In recent decades the legal right to self-determination has gradually expanded and today patients in full possession of their mental faculties, have the moral and legal right to make their own decisions and these decisions take precedence over physician and family. Often liaison psychiatrists are called in to assess the mental competence of patients in the general hospital. Objective: To determine the psychiatrist's role in evaluating these patients. Discussion and Conclusions: The assessment of a patient's ability to decide and self-determine is a common clinical problem in general hospitals. Evaluation of these patients requires a proper understanding of the philosophical, ethical, and legal issues that guide the appropriate treatment of these complex clinical problems.

Palavras-chave : Capacity to decide; informed consent; autonomy; liaison psychiatry.

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