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Special care groups 

Special care groups
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Special care groups
Author(s):

Athanasios Kalantzis

and Crispian Scully

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199560097.003.0007
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date: 26 January 2022

Children 352

Pregnant patients 354

Older persons 356

Patients with learning impairments 358

Down syndrome (trisomy 21) 360

Patients from minority ethnic groups 362

Asylum seekers and refugees 364

Drug abusers 366

Prisoners 368

At age 16 years (18 in Australia/USA/Canada), a young person is regarded as an adult and can be presumed to have capacity to consent to treatment if competent. They may not be able to refuse treatment though, if this has been agreed by a parent or the Court...

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