Letters Assessing patient capacity

Remember CURB BADLIP in the UK

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2767 (Published 25 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2767
  1. Matthew Hoghton, general practitioner1,
  2. Stephanie Chadwick, general practitioner2
  1. 1Clevedon Riverside Group, Clevedon BS21 6DG
  2. 2Bristol BS10 6SP

    Minerva reported a bioethics memory aid to help doctors in the United States assess a patient’s capacity during an emergency.1 CURVES stands for choose and communicate, understand, reason, value, emergency, and surrogate.

    In the United Kingdom, however, the law on making decisions about a person’s capacity is different from …

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