Dementia: capacity, empowerment and conflicts of interest

by Professor Gill Livingston and Professor Cornelius Katona


Last updated: June 2015


Dementia affects:


  • judgement


  • insight


  • ability to look after self.


This leads to reliance on carers. When dementia is diagnosed, there are important questions that must be answered, such as when to tell a patient about their condition and who should make certain decisions on their behalf.


This module looks at the important ethical and practical issues regarding capacity, conflicts of interest and empowerment in relation to the diagnosis of dementia.


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Please note: When completing this module please be aware that some of the information may be out of date and the guidance may have changed, and that current legislation is under review.


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