Community Tools: Aid to Capacity Evaluation (ACE)
Capacity is the ability to understand information relevant to a decision and the ability to appreciate the reasonably foreseeable consequences of a decision (or lack of a decision). The purpose of the Aid to Capacity Evaluation (ACE) is to help clinicians systematically evaluate capacity when a patient is facing a medical decision.
The developers of the ACE:
- assume no liability for any reliance by any person on the information contained herein
- make no representations regarding the quality, accuracy or lawfulness related to the use of the ACE
- recommend that ACE users attend a standardized ACE training session
The ACE was developed with the support of the physicians of Ontario through a grant from the Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation.
The ACE may be copied by any person for non-commercial use. You can download the entire ACE package here:
Aid for Capacity Evaluation (ACE)
If you have any questions regarding the ACE please contact:
Dr. E. Etchells
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue, Room C4 10
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5
Phone: (416) 480-5996
Fax: (416) 480-5951
For an additional resource on capacity, please see Dr. Etchells' paper:
Bioethics for Clinicians: 3. Capacity. Canadian Medical Association Journal 1996; 155: 657-61.