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Title: Dementia and legal determination of capacity
Authors: Eboli Bello Delineau, Valeska Maria [UNIFESP]
Schultz, Rodrigo Rizek [UNIFESP]
Keywords: legal interdiction
Alzheimer's disease
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Assoc Arquivos Neuro- Psiquiatria
Citation: Arquivos De Neuro-Psiquiatria. Sao Paulo Sp, v. 75, n. 6, p. 349-353, 2017.
Abstract: One of the consequences of dementia is the possibility of a guardianship proceeding that will deprive patients of legal capacity in taking decisions and managing their own assets. Objective: To assess the legal capacity and guardianship proceedings in patients diagnosed with dementia. Methods: Ninety-seven patients diagnosed with dementia and seen at a tertiary hospital were evaluated. Results: Of these 97 patients, 60 (62%) were female. The mean age of the patients was 77.9 years
average schooling was 5.5 years. The main diagnosis was Alzheimer's disease (73%): 16 patients were at a mild stage, eight at a moderate stage and 73 at an advanced stage of dementia. Only 28 patients had been legally declared incapable. Conclusion: The large numbers of patients at an advanced stage of dementia, and the relatively few patients legally declared incapable show that legal issues in dementia are problematic.
ISSN: 0004-282X
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