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Patient rights to participate in treatment decisions: Choice, consultation and knowledge

Cave, Emma; Reinach, Nina

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Authors

Nina Reinach



Abstract

Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights supports the right to participate in decisions that affect our lives. Article 8 was a relevant factor in the Supreme Court decision of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] which makes significant advances in patient-centred care. Focusing on adult patients with capacity, this article considers article 8’s influence across three routes to participatory protection: the right to choose, the duty to consult, and the right to know. We set out current limitations of the right to choose and consider the potential for article 8 to influence the extension of a wider duty to consult and right to know. We find that there are impediments to legal development. Patient status leads to the elevation of aspects of participation that do not always comply with patient needs and expectations. We consider a reimagining of our expectations of patient rights to better acknowledge the relevance of partnership between patients and professional experts and to extend information provision beyond informed consent.

Citation

Cave, E., & Reinach, N. (2019). Patient rights to participate in treatment decisions: Choice, consultation and knowledge. Journal of medical law and ethics, 7(2), 157-176. https://doi.org/10.7590/221354019x15678416128130

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 27, 2019
Online Publication Date Oct 1, 2019
Publication Date Oct 31, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 20, 2019
Publicly Available Date May 6, 2020
Journal Journal of Medical Law and Ethics
Print ISSN 2213-5405
Electronic ISSN 2214-5354
Publisher Paris Legal Publishers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 2
Pages 157-176
DOI https://doi.org/10.7590/221354019x15678416128130

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