Informed consent in psychotic decompensation

Authors

  • Matea Podgornjak General Hospital Karlovac
  • Lea Hrvat Matić General Hospital Karlovac
  • Anita Stanišić General Hospital Karlovac
  • Ena Gutić General Hospital Karlovac
  • Igor Salopek General Hospital Karlovac

Abstract

https://doi.org/10.21860/j.13.2.8

 

The consent of an informed patient is not merely a signature on a legally binding document,  but rather a process in which the patient is empowered and becomes an active ally in a treatment. Valid informed consent includes adequate information that is given to the patient  in an appropriate manner, the voluntariness of consent, and the patient’s ability to make a decision regarding treatment. Meeting these conditions when treating patients with mental health disorders can be challenging. Mental disorders can compromise a person’s ability to understand relevant information about the nature of their illness as well as their ability to make decisions regarding treatment. However, a psychiatric diagnosis does not imply that a person is unable to make a decision regarding their treatment, nor does it exclude them as an equal partner in the therapeutic process. By reviewing the case of a 39-year-old patient who  developed an acute psychotic disorder during the treatment of COVID pneumonia, we dive  into the ethical dilemmas that arise when approaching a patient who is experiencing psychotic decompensation.
Keywords: informed consent, psychotic decompensation, psychiatric treatment, autonomy,  COVID-19.

Author Biography

Igor Salopek, General Hospital Karlovac

*Opća bolnica Karlovac, Odjel za psihijatriju, Karlovac, Hrvatska
**Integrativni centar mentalnog zdravlja, Karlovac, Hrvatska
***Fakultet zdravstvenih studija Sveučilišta u Rijeci, Rijeka, Hrvatska

Published

2023-01-23

Issue

Section

Karlovački bioetički susreti - zdravlje od rođenja do smrti