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

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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 care, these rights extend beyond the right to health and include patient rights to freedom from torture, cruel and inhuman treatment, non-discrimination and equality, bodily integrity, privacy and confidentiality, information, and right to a remedy. They also encompass provider rights to decent working conditions, freedom of association, and due process. The paper then looks at a case study of Armenia, acknowledging how the government's commitment to palliative care, combined with awareness raising and advocacy by human rights organizations, created an enabling environment for the realization of human rights in patient care in the context of palliative care.




de Luca, G. B., Zopunyan, V., Burke-Shyne, N., Papikyan, A., & Amiryan, D. (2017). Palliative care and human rights in patient care: An Armenia case study. Public Health Reviews. BioMed Central Ltd.

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