The College of Optometrists

Key factors to help you act in the patient's best interests

You must always act in the patient’s best interests. When deciding how to do this you should take into account the following factors:
  1. the relative or carer’s wishes may not coincide with those of the patient
  2. the patient’s circumstances
  3. the degree of the patient's cognitive impairment and their capacity to consent. See section on Consent.

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