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Table 2 The physician’s answer about written consent, ability to understand and appear in court

From: Custodian for elderly with memory impairment in Sweden – a study of 260 physicians’ statements to the court

The physician’s answer about written consent, ability to understand and appear in court Yes No Blank
Did the individual give his/her written consent to the arrangement of a custodianship? If "yes", the written consent of the individual should be enclosed to the application. 40% 58% 2%
Men 37% Men 60%
Women 41% Women 57%
Can the individual be heard in court without causing him/her any harm? 73% 25% 2%
Men 71% Men 28%
Women 75% Women 23%
Is the condition of the individual such that he/she obviously does not understand what the matter concerns? 54% 44% 2%
Men 56% Men 41%
Women 53% Women 45%
  1. Table 2 shows the physician’s answers to the questions whether the patient had given a written consent and his /her ability to understand and appear in court concerning the 260 patients aged 51–105 (Median 84) years of age. There were 87 men (Median age 79; Range 60–100) and 173 women (Median age 85: Range 51–105).