Dementia and legal determination of capacity

Dementia and legal determination of capacity

Author Eboli Bello Delineau, Valeska Maria Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Schultz, Rodrigo Rizek Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
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.
Keywords legal interdiction
Alzheimer's disease
xmlui.dri2xhtml.METS-1.0.item-coverage Sao Paulo Sp
Language English
Date 2017
Published in Arquivos De Neuro-Psiquiatria. Sao Paulo Sp, v. 75, n. 6, p. 349-353, 2017.
ISSN 0004-282X (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Assoc Arquivos Neuro- Psiquiatria
Extent 349-353
Access rights ACESSO ABERTO
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000404476400005
SciELO ID S0004-282X2017000600349 (statistics in SciELO)

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