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Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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MacArthur Competence Assessment Tools

  • Lynn A. SchaeferAffiliated withPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Nassau University Medical Center Email author 


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); MacArthur competence assessment tool-fitness to plead (MacCAT-FP); MacArthur Judgment Evaluation (MacJEN)


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 MacArthur Judgment Evaluation (MacJEN) and MacArthur competence assessment tool-fitne ...

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