Psychiatry Grand Rounds 4/28 | Allison McCarthy, PhD

"Ethical Complexities in Capacity Evaluations for Pregnant Patients"

About the Speaker:

Allison M. McCarthy, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Core Faculty, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Institute


The activity is designed to help the learner

1.    Describe the ethical commitments that guide medical care of pregnant patients
2.    Distinguish questions about whether a pregnant patient has decision-making capacity from other ethically relevant questions in the care of pregnant patients
3.    Apply ethical commitments that guide medical care of pregnant patients to capacity evaluations


We have seen an uptick in ethics consults around decision-making by pregnant patients. In such cases, teams often ask whether the patient has decisional capacity, a question psychiatry is frequently tasked with answering. Using some recent cases, this grand rounds examines the intersection of ethics, decisional capacity, and pregnancy. 


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This talk is sponsored by the
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 
This educational activity received no commercial support.