Online Course » Decisional Capacity

Course Description:

This course provides the principles of physician's role in mental capacity assessment as it relates to legal decision-making.

Course Objective:

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

1.         Define and express what decisional capacity is in older clients.

2.         Discriminatebetween decisional capacity and competence/incompetence.

3.         Outlinethe factors and components in assessing decisional capacity of older adults.

4.         Express and effectively utilize the major axioms of "real world" decisional capacity.

Intended Audience:

Health and Allied Health Professionals in Illinois, including but not limited to:


Counselors (Clinical/Professional)

Dental Hygienists


Marriage and Family Therapists

Massage Therapists

Nurse Practitioners

Nurses (RNs/LPNs)

Nursing Home Administrators

Occupational Therapists and COTAs

Physical Therapists and PTAs

Respiratory Care Therapists

Social Workers

Author Bio:

Steven Fox, DO, is a licensed physician and surgeon in private practice in Chicago. Dr. Fox manages an active clinical practice, serves as consultant on elder law and geriatric clinical issues, and advocates for seniors to remain independent, speaking on related topics at the local, state and national level.

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