Autonomija pacijenta – pravo na samoodređenje

Mujović Zornić, Hajrija (2015) Autonomija pacijenta – pravo na samoodređenje. Pravni život, 64 (9). pp. 303-322. ISSN 0350-0500

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Patient autonomy is at the core of all medical decision-making. It means that patients have the right and ability to make their own choices and decisions about medical care and treatment they receive, as long as those decisions are within the boundaries of law. There is a legal presumption that they are fit and competent to make those decisions until a court determines otherwise. Right to self-determination is considered as one of the most important and fundamental of all is patients’ right to direct the medical treatment they choose to receive or reject. It is provided to make patients better informed about many of their rights regarding treatment decisions. It underscores the role and importance of patient participation in healthcare decisions by clearly identifying the parameters of their decision-making authority. The result of the patient self-determination can be a focused interest on patient’s taking responsibility for the course of their healthcare decisions. The hope is that enlightened and prudent patients, guided by sound assistance in reflecting on their conditions, alternatives, and possibilities will make realistic decisions, within the context of their personal values. These decisions will then take the form of approaches to treatment which will truly benefit them and allow them to achieve their goals. The right of patients to consent to or refuse treatments is the basis of everything to be found in this law. This is an application of the basic liberty which all enjoy in a democratic society.

Item Type: Article
Institutional centre: Centre for legal research
Depositing User: Vesna Jovanović
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2022 20:06
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2022 20:06

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