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Decision making in mental health care: the role of the caregiver // La toma de decisiones en la atención de la salud mental: el papel del cuidador


This article establishes a framework to consider the ethical aspects related to involuntary treatment in people with: a) an intellectual or developmental disability; b) a progressive neurological impairment, and c) a compromised mental state from the caregiver's point of view. The different decision moments of the three groups are described here, as well as the potential impacts on caregivers regarding patient decisions.
While there are some aspects of capabilities that may vary between these groups, others are cross-cutting and common to them. It is important to emphasize that all caregivers need to be recognized and supported in the functions they perform. Therefore, they need information based on evidence and from reliable sources about the available options, to fulfill their role and see how to take care of their own health and well-being, in order to be able to take better care of the people with whom they live. they coexist


Metal health care, Decision making capacity, Caregivers, Ethical treatment, Involuntary treatment

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