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Mental Capacity Act and how it effects dental practices

Mental Capacity Act and how it effects dental practices
Summary

The Mental Capacity Act 2005’s main purpose is to provide a legal framework for acting and making decisions on behalf of adults who are unable to do so. The Act considers when a patient might or might not be able to make decisions and pushes for people to have the chance to make their own decision where possible. Support decision making by checking the patient’s information and taking into consideration location and times of day a patient my feel more at ease. Participation should be encouraged, discrimination and avoided and you should assess whether the invidual might regain capacity. Everyone in the practice should be aware of the MCA and understand how to carry it out.

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