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Medicolegal and Ethics Mental retardation and competence!

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Is mental retardation (of any degree) a limiting factor for competence in making medical decisions?
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Generally some but not all of them has such capacity. It depends on the assessment
http://www.aaiddjournals.org/doi/abs...A%3E2.0.CO%3B2 have a look at this article
and this http://hub.hku.hk/handle/10722/42511
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http://www.educus.com/Journals/R3203880-17.html
does this mean that irrespective of severity, all mentally retarded patients are incompetent of making medical decisions?
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The link that you gave as well as the links i introduced all agree that we should assess the judgment of the patient and we cannot say all of them are either competent or incompetent. It is completely individualized both based on the complexity of the decision that should be made and the degree of understanding and capability of interpretation of the patient.
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