MacArthur Competence Assessment Tools

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Synonyms

MacArthur competence assessment tool for clinical research (MacCAT-CR); MacArthur competence assessment tool for treatment (MacCAT-T); MacArthur competence assessment tool-criminal adjudication (MacCAT-CA)

Description

The MacArthur Competence Assessment Tools (MacCAT) consist of the MacArthur Competence Assessment Tool for Treatment (MacCAT-T), the MacArthur Competence Assessment Tool for Clinical Research (MacCAT-CR), and the MacArthur Competence Assessment Tool-Criminal Adjudication (MacCAT-CA). Each of these tools measures a different form of decisional capacity; separate instruments have been developed based on the premise that the capacity to make decisions is situation-specific. All three instruments are commercially available through Professional Resource Press (www.prpress.com).

The MacCAT-T (Grisso & Appelbaum, 1998b) measures capacity to consent to medical treatment with a semi-structured interview tailored to the patient’s specific disorder and treatm ...