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Letters Do patients’ preferences matter?

Patients’ preference and mental capacity

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 02 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b385
  1. Anita Damle, consultant psychiatrist1
  1. 1St Andrew’s Healthcare, Northampton NN1 5DG
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    When McPherson writes: “Where treatment choices have different and well understood outcomes, what matters most when deciding which treatment is best is the patient’s preference,” I presume he refers to patients who have capacity.1 Even the preferences of patients who have capacity may …

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