Neurology Book



CURVES Capacity Assessment Tool

Aka: CURVES Capacity Assessment Tool, CURVES Mnemonic for Capacity Assessment
  1. See Also
    1. Decision-Making Capacity
  2. Indications
    1. Decision-Making Capacity Evaluation
  3. Criteria
    1. Choose and communicate
      1. Can the patient make a choice and communicate that choice?
    2. Understand
      1. Can the patient understand benefits, risks and alternatives?
    3. Reason
      1. Can the patient make a logical, rational choice?
    4. Value
      1. Is the choice the patient makes consistent with their values?
    5. Emergency
      1. Is there an impending, emergent risk to the patient?
    6. Surrogate
      1. Is there a decision maker available?
  4. Interpretation
    1. First 4 letters (C-U-R-V)
      1. Assess the Decision-Making Capacity of the patient
    2. Last 2 letters (E-S)
      1. Assess whether emergency treatment can be delivered without Informed Consent
  5. References
    1. Chow (2010) Chest 137(2): 421-7 [PubMed]

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