Responsability for the infant patients’ self-determination right Cover Image

Felelősségvállalás a gyermek-páciensek önrendelkezésének tiszteletben tartásáért
Responsability for the infant patients’ self-determination right

Author(s): Csanád Albert-Lőrincz
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Presa Universitara Clujeana
Keywords: patients' rights; childrens' rights

Summary/Abstract: The study draws attention that minor patients require a special attention and support, hence protecting their rights is an actual issue. In the literature it has been recognized that human rights are a very important factor in children’s treatment. This rights-based approach conferes children legal personality, which has implications for health-services and health policy. Chlidren patient’s rights are a result of patient rights in addition of children's rights, emerging from general human rights. Self-determination or authonomy is in the centre of these rights, however statutory regulations are deficient and not always clear. It is questionnable that medical decision-making exercised by the child should have any restrictions. There are two theories, the one sustains full authonomy, the other consideres as acceptable limited self-determination. The author adopted the latter, that the child's autonomy is not an absolute right. This article is based on a quantitative research which demonstrates the abowe pronounced conslusion.

  • Issue Year: 10/2012
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 9-21
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Hungarian