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Ethics in Geriatric Forensic Assessment 

Ethics in Geriatric Forensic Assessment
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Ethics in Geriatric Forensic Assessment
Author(s):

Philip J. Candilis

, Gregory B. Leong

, and Robert Weinstock

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199374656.003.0028
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date: 18 December 2018

The ethics of geriatric forensic practice are governed by frameworks that help guide common elder activities, such as medical and financial decision-making, self-care, driving, and making choices at the end of life. Practitioners must be aware of countervailing and often contradictory considerations among older patients and forensic evaluees, including their empowerment and protection and the protection of others. As in most decision-making, families, communities, and other citizens may be affected by decisions taken by older persons, whether to plead guilty, drive, make a will, or participate in physician-assisted dying. Consequently, clinical and forensic practitioners may need to be aware of the principles, professional guidelines, habits, and skills that apply to their work. This chapter offers a number of ethical models for informing evaluations of geriatric populations and applies them to an array of activities scrutinized in older persons.

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