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Added Value: Using Human Rights to Support Psychiatric Advance Statements

Stavert, Jill



Patient autonomy, regarded as a fundamental principle underlying medical ethics,1 is reinforced by numerous international instruments. Integral to this is advance treatment planning, often referred to as ‘advance statements’ or ‘advance directives’.2 These allow individuals with capacity to express medical treatment preferences in the event of subsequent incapacity or significantly impaired decision-making ability and are recognised by both the General Medical Council and British Medical Association.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2013-05
Deposit Date May 29, 2015
Journal Edinburgh Law Review
Print ISSN 1364-9809
Electronic ISSN 1755-1692
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 2
Pages 210-223
Keywords Advance statements; advance directives; patient autonomy; medical ethics; mental health
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