Goal to keep seniors safe at home, remove rights only as a last resort.
University of Alberta-led research is revolutionizing the way health professionals assess the decision-making capacity of seniors in Edmonton and across the province.
The model led to a 60 per cent drop in referrals to geriatricians and an 80 per cent drop in the number of capacity interviews required when it was first piloted.
“We recognized that we actually lacked a clinical process,” said Jasneet Parmar, associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and medical director of the Covenant Health Network of Excellence in Seniors’ Health and Wellness.
“We had legislative acts and policies, but there was no clarity on how to uncover the evidence to declare whether someone is capable or not.”
The team established guiding principles to be minimally intrusive and follow the patient’s expressed wishes as much as possibl...