Revista de Psiquiatria Clínica
versión impresa ISSN 0101-6083
KATONA, Cornelius et al. World Psychiatric Association section of old age psychiatry consensus statement on ethics and capacity in older people with mental disorders. Rev. psiquiatr. clín. [online]. 2010, vol.37, n.4, pp. 157-161. ISSN 0101-6083. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-60832010000400003.
BACKGROUND: The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Section of Old Age Psychiatry, since 1997, has developed Consensus Statements relevant to the practice of Old Age Psychiatry. Since 2006 the Section has worked to develop a Consensus Statement on Ethics and Capacity in older people with mental disorders. METHOD: A Consensus Conference was realized in Prague, September 2008. The meeting was organized by the WPA Section of Old Age Psychiatry, with the participation of International Council of Nurses, Alzheimer Europe and Alzheimer Disease International. Participants who are recognised for their expertise in this area came from 11 countries and include psychiatrists, a neurologist, a nurse and family caregiving representatives. RESULTS: After two days of debate a draft was prepared and submitted to the organizations/associations represented at the meeting. When their respective comments were collected, a final text was prepared and published originally in English. This Portuguese version was prepared by two members of the meeting who came from Portuguese spoken countries. DISCUSSION: This Consensus Statement offers to mental health clinicians caring for older people with mental disorders, caregivers, other health professionals and the general public the setting out of and discourse in ethical principles which can often be complex and challenging, supported by practical guidance in meeting such ethical needs and standards, and to encouraged good clinical practice.
Palabras llave : Ethics; capacity; old age psychiatry.