Understanding the relevance of human rights in healthcare and nursing practice
CPD    

Understanding the relevance of human rights in healthcare and nursing practice

Louise Terry Associate Professor, London South Bank University, London, England
Roger Newham Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, Institute of Clinical Sciences, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To understand the concept of human rights

  • To recognise the difference between human rights and healthcare needs

  • To be able to explain the role of human rights in relation to healthcare

While the NHS aims to respect the human rights of every individual, it also has a wider social duty to promote equality in the services it provides. This means that the rights of individual patients are not absolute, because the aim of the NHS is to improve the overall health and well-being of the nation. For example, certain treatments may be withheld from individuals because of the excessive cost to the NHS, or concerns about its clinical effectiveness. This article explains the origins of human rights and their function, and examines the relationship between nursing care and human rights.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2020.e11490

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

terrylm@lsbu.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Terry L, Newham R (2020) Understanding the relevance of human rights in healthcare and nursing practice. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2020.e11490

Published online: 09 November 2020

Want to read more?

Already subscribed? Log in

OR

Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today

Save over 50% on your first 3 months

Your subscription package includes:
  • Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals and their archives
  • Customisable dashboard featuring 200+ topics
  • RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
  • RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
  • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests
Subscribe
RCN student member? Try Nursing Standard Student

Alternatively, you can purchase access to this article for the next seven days. Buy now

Or