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Ethics and the law involving the elderly 

Ethics and the law involving the elderly
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Ethics and the law involving the elderly
Author(s):

Chris Dodds

, Chandra M. Kumar

, and Frédérique Servin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199234622.003.0014
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date: 14 December 2017

Ethics provide a system to judge whether care is for the individual’s or society’s benefit.

Ultimately ethical frameworks are the responsibility of society.

Duty of care follows from accepted ethical practice.

Consent is a process not a piece of paper.

Capacity may vary in time and degree.

Ethics demand that only an experienced doctor can take informed consent.

No-one else (except for children under 16) but the patient can give consent.

Information should be clearly provided and repeated often.

The elderly are often deaf, blind or both.

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