Letters Advanced directives and suicidal behaviour

What to do about treatment refusal at 3 am?

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5477 (Published 05 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5477
  1. Stephen Davies, consultant psychiatrist
  1. 1Morriston Hospital, SA6 6NL, UK
  1. stephenpdavies{at}gmail.com

The problem of how “serious emotional turmoil” can affect capacity arises every night in emergency departments.1 Determining capacity on the basis of a distressed person’s ability to balance information is difficult and subjective. David and colleagues suggest that at 3 am a casualty officer …

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