Thematic Areas

Human Rights in Patient Care: A Practitioner Guide

The Issue in Brief

To respond to the need of addressing individual and systemic abuse in health settings, the O'Neill Institute has engaged in a collaboration with Open Society Foundations (OSF) to update and revise the global and regional chapters of these practical manuals developed for lawyers working in the area of patient care and who are interested in using the human rights framework and procedural human rights mechanisms available at the national, regional, and international levels. These guides examine patient and healthcare provider rights and responsibilities, and the updated version will contextualize each right under the global and regional frameworks within the areas of mental health, infectious diseases, and sexual and reproductive health. The new version will also feature existing case law on the relevance of each right to each of these areas.

While the guides are directed at legal practitioners, they can also be useful to medical professionals, public health managers, Ministries of Health and Justice personnel, patient advocacy groups, and patients themselves. Presently, these guides have been produced in Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine, and will soon be developed in Moldova, Romania, Russia, and Serbia.

Until the updated guides become available, older versions of the guides may be found here.