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Faviola Brugger-Dadis

Visiting Researcher

The assessment of mental capacity and competence is a critical aspect of a clinician’s role and important ethical consideration. My current research focuses on investigating the assessment of mental capacity in stroke survivors. Namely, I am examining the validity of novel domain-specific standardized tools in comparison to existing gold standard interviews and dementia screening tools. Considering the high prevalence of stroke, and the fact that mental capacity is frequently assessed in this population, there is a need to establish data regarding stroke-specific mental capacity decisions. For example, does an individual possess the mental capacity to consent to participate in research, and what is the best way to measure this? I am also currently involved in the development of a tablet based cognitive screening tool aimed to standardize the assessment of mental capacity.