‘Clear explanation’ in mental capacity assessment – Owen, G., et al. (2021)

2021 | Contested Assessment | Output
1 Dec, 2021

Gareth Owen, Nuala Kane, Alex Ruck Keene

BJPsych Advances, 1-3. doi:10.1192/bja.2021.71


We comment on Martin Curtice’s article on expert and professional reports for the Court of Protection, which highlights the importance of ‘clear explanation’ in mental capacity assessment. We put the Court in a broader context of the Mental Capacity Act and summarise recent research and education that aims to help give clinicians working in England and Wales capacity assessment guidance that is clinically grounded, multi-perspectival and legally defensible.