The Capacity Assessment

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About Course

How do physicians determine whether a patient can make their own decisions? Learn how to perform a capacity assessment!


How do physicians determine whether a patient can make their own decisions? Learn how to perform a capacity assessment . . .

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What Will I Learn?

  • Capacity vs Competence
  • Who Can Assess for Capacity?
  • What is the Capacity Threshold?
  • What are the Capacity Criteria?
  • How do you Document a Capacity Assessment?
  • What do you do after the Capacity Assessment?

Topics for this course

7 Lessons

Who Can Assess for Decision-Making Capacity?

The Threshold for Capacity

The Capacity Criteria

Documenting the Capacity Assessment

After the Assessment

Tips and Hints for Consulting Psychiatrists

About the instructor

Michael Ingram MD

Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist

Dr. Ingram is a board certified psychiatrist with expertise in a variety of psychiatric disorders. He has particular interests in Neuropsychopharmacology as well as the diagnosis and treatment of both Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Adults. Dr. Ingram is an advocate for the destigmatization of psychiatric disorders and has additional training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (formerly Psychosomatic Medicine), a sub-specialty aiming to bridge the gap between mental and physical health.

Dr. Ingram spends part of his clinical time as a Psychiatric consultant in Los Angeles, CA providing recommendations for appropriate management of patients suffering with conditions such as Dementia, Delirium, Catatonia, Drug/Alcohol withdrawal/dependence, mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, Psychotic disorders, and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Dr. Ingram is actively involved in medical education and founded/created Simply Psych EDU: Psychiatry and Neuroscience, an educational website and mental health blog focusing on topics related to Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychopharmacology, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, and the clinical Neurosciences.

Michael T. Ingram Psychiatry, Inc.
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7 Courses

22 students


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Target Audience

  • Physicians/Doctors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrists
  • Hospitalists
  • Internal Medicine Physicians
  • Medical Students
  • Residents
  • Fellows