Doing the right thing: resolving ethical issues in geriatric dental care.

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Abstract

This article reviews key ethical concerns facing dental professionals caring for older adults and offers guidelines for resolving them. Approaches to securing informed consent for treatment and assessing decision making capacity are discussed. Next, the question of deciding among several treatment options when patient preferences are unknown is considered. Finally, guidelines are offered on restraint use for older adults with behavioral problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)693-702
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the California Dental Association
Volume27
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1999

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