Legal Framework versus Clinical Approach: Ethics and Capacity Assessment in Palliative Care

November 28, 2023, 12–1 p.m. EST

Capacity assessment in palliative care is the process of evaluating a patient’s ability to make informed decisions about their medical treatment and care. This assessment is important in palliative care because it involves providing support and medical care to individuals with serious, life-limiting illnesses, often at a point when they may be facing difficult decisions about their care, including end-of-life choices.

Understanding capacity assessment is fundamental for health care providers to ensure that patients’ autonomy is respected, ethical principles are upheld, and legal obligations are met. 

Take part in this upcoming webinar to learn more about the various facets of capacity assessment in palliative care, how it contributes to the overall well-being and quality of care for individuals facing serious illness and end-of-life decisions, and more.


  • Sunil Rocci, O.T. Reg. (Ont), Designated Capacity Assessor
  • Tanya Burr, NP-PHC, MScN Aging and Health, BScN