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FREDA: a human rights-based approach to healthcare

  • Martin J. Curtice (a1) and Tim Exworthy (a2)
Summary

The introduction of the Human Rights Act 1998 in the UK has not led to widespread knowledge and understanding in patient and carer groups, healthcare professionals or at an organisational level. This knowledge deficit has been recognised by government bodies and other agencies, which has led to the introduction of a bottom-up human rights-based approach that can be used by individuals and organisations alike in everyday practice. It avoids the need to have technical knowledge of the Human Rights Act and associated case law and is based upon concepts that underpin all the articles of the Act. The human rights-based approach is the process by which human rights can be protected by adherence to underlying core values of fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy, or FREDA.

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Martin J. Curtice (mjrc@ukonline.co.uk)
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Declaration of interest

M.J.C. is a member of the Special Committee for Human Rights, Royal College of Psychiatrists; T.E. chairs the Special Committee for Human Rights and is a member of the Department of Health's Advisory Group on Human Rights in Healthcare.

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