End of life care and human rights: a practitioners guide

British Institute of Human Rights
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A practical guide to support those working in end of life care to deliver care services that respect human rights. The guide looks at how the Human Rights Act works and outlines six rights protected by the Human Rights Act that are likely to be most relevant to practice in end of life care. These are: the right to life; the right to be free from inhuman or degrading treatment; the right to liberty; right to private and family life, home and correspondence; the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; and the right to enjoy all these human rights without discrimination. For each right the guide provides examples of how you could encounter this in your work, your legal duties, and whether it is possible to legally restrict this right and in what circumstances. Issues covered include: withdrawing and administering treatment; capacity, consent to treatment, and deprivation of liberty; Do Not Resuscitate orders; religious and other beliefs that may influence care and treatment. The guide also provides decision-making flowcharts to help identify human rights issues and for taking action to raise a human rights issues. Real life scenarios that look at applying human rights in practice are also included. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
end of life care, human rights, safeguarding adults, mental capacity, decision making, religious beliefs, good practice;
Content type:
practice guidance
United Kingdom
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