A collaborative approach to supporting communication in the assessment of decision making capacity

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Zuscak, Simon J., Ferguson, Alison and Peisah, Carmelle. 2014. "A collaborative approach to supporting communication in the assessment of decision making capacity." 1st Annual International Capacity Conference: Capacity, Ethics and the Prevention of Abuse. Hong Kong, China 20 Sep 2014
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A collaborative approach to supporting communication in the assessment of decision making capacity

Presentation TypePoster
AuthorsZuscak, Simon J. (Author), Ferguson, Alison (Author) and Peisah, Carmelle (Author)
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 1st Annual International Capacity Conference
Year2014
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://capacityaustralia.org.au/1st-annual-international-capacity-conference-a-huge-success/
Conference/Event1st Annual International Capacity Conference: Capacity, Ethics and the Prevention of Abuse
Event Details
1st Annual International Capacity Conference: Capacity, Ethics and the Prevention of Abuse
Event Date
20 Sep 2014
Event Location
Hong Kong, China
Abstract

Legislation is beginning to reflect the need to formally assess people whom are suspected of reduced mental capacity. However, these legislative changes have preceded research into effective and efficient assessment protocols. In order to demonstrate decision making capacity, an individual needs to communicate their understanding and wishes. However, decision making capacity can be masked when communication is impaired, for example, through impaired receptive and expressive language or unintelligible speech. For this reason, people with aphasia and related neurogenic communication disorders can be significantly compromised in their ability to participate n decision making, yet have a human right to the support required to facilitate such decision-making and to exercise their legal capacity (United Nations, 2006). Speech-language pathologists are integral to maximising a person’s communication ability; however, commonly used speech pathology strategies are not well known by other disciplines (Ferguson et al, 2010). We present up-to-date guidelines and practical strategies to facilitate communication in people with aphasias and other language deficits. A collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach is achievable and consistent with an inclusive human rights approach to decision making.

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520402. Decision making
529999. Other psychology not elsewhere classified
420313. Mental health services
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
No affiliation
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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