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Human rights in patient care

Ethics

Edited by Tamar Ezer and  Judy Overall

Legal, ethical, and human rights norms are an increasingly important component of the delivery of quality medical care. For society’s most marginalized, health care settings are too often places of punishment, coercion, or violations of basic rights to consent and confidentiality, rather than places of treatment and care. At the same time, health practitioners may be unaware of how to incorporate ethical and human rights norms into their work and may suffer from a lack of independence, decent working conditions, and due process protections.

The concept of human rights in patient care brings together the rights of both patients and health care providers and refers to the application of general human rights principles to the context of patient care. It focuses on systemic issues and the role of the state.

This special article collection for Public Health Reviews explores various aspects of human rights in patient care, including balancing with public health and bioethics, state responsibility in private health facilities, and implementation at the health care facility level. There is also a particular focus on palliative care, reproductive health, access to essential medicines, and mental health and on dimensions relevant to particular populations, including migrants and refugees, Roma, and people who use drugs.

Publication charges for this collection were funded by ASPHER. Articles have undergone the journal's standard peer-review process overseen by the Guest Editors, who declare no competing interests.

  1. Review

    Palliative care and human rights in patient care: an Armenia case study

    This paper examines palliative care within the human rights in patient care framework, which clarifies state obligations and addresses the rights of both patients and providers. In the context of palliative ca...

    Gabriela Barros de Luca, Violeta Zopunyan, Naomi Burke-Shyne, Anahit Papikyan and Davit Amiryan

    Public Health Reviews 2017 38:18

    Published on: 7 August 2017

  2. Review

    Forced sterilization of women as discrimination

    There has been a long history of subjecting marginalized women to forced and coerced sterilization. In recent years, the practice has been documented in countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and ...

    Priti Patel

    Public Health Reviews 2017 38:15

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  3. Debate

    Human rights education in patient care

    This article explores how human rights education in the health professions can build knowledge, change culture, and empower advocacy. Through a study of educational initiatives in the field, the article analyz...

    Joanna N. Erdman

    Public Health Reviews 2017 38:14

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  4. Editorial

    Human rights and the practice of medicine

    There exists a profound disconnect and misunderstanding of the utility of human rights in the practice of medicine that demands urgent attention. The United Nations Special Rapporteur, Dainius Pūras, reflects ...

    Dainius Pūras

    Public Health Reviews 2017 38:9

    Published on: 6 March 2017

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