Determining Adolescent Competency and Decision-Making Capacity: An 18-Year-Old with an Eating Disorder


Sconyers/Godfrey Bioethics Grand Rounds

Commentator: Paul Appelbaum, MD, Columbia University
Case Presenter: Kym Ahrens, MD, Seattle Children’s Hospital


Drs. Appelbaum and Ahrens discuss a case involving an adolescent with an eating disorder who was passively refusing treatment. They explore the nature of decision making capacity, and how it can be contextualized to specific decisions.