Mental Capacity Act Project
Chief Investigator: Dr Sofia Zarate Escudero, Specialist Trainee in Psychiatry, West London Mental Health NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom
The MCA 2005 was fully implemented in October 2007 and includes a statutory framework for making decisions on behalf of individuals who lack decision-making capacity (DMC).
Prior to this Act, there was no statutory law covering this group of patients with lack of DMC. Those lacking DMC were treated under the common law doctrine of necessity. The MCA 2005 comprises four key principles:
The aim of this study is to determine the awareness, understanding and confidence to apply the MCA 2005 amongst surgical trainees.
Collaborating investigators will survey core and higher surgical trainees at their site using a standard 18-item questionnaire. Completed questionnaires will then be returned to the chief investigator for analysis.
How to get involved
This project has now finished data collection so is not open to new researchers.
For further information please email sofiaz_uk [at] yahoo.co.uk
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