Capable Adult Patient’s Right to Decide in Medical Treatment Based on His or Her Religious Beliefs in the Republic of Latvia

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


    The aim of the research is to study and analyse the capable adult patient’s right to decide in medical treatment
    based on his or her religious beliefs in the Republic of Latvia, through the prism of case analysis, identifying the
    legal problems and providing proposals for improving the national legal acts.
    Materials and Methods
    In the research author analyses national legal acts and scientific literature in the field of medical law. Likewise,
    to identify practical examples and problem issues regarding patient’s right to decide in medical treatment based
    on his or her religious beliefs in the context of the national legal framework, the author uses general scientific
    methods such as theoretical modelling method, analytical method, and deductive and inductive method and
    methods of the interpretation of the legal provisions such as grammatical, systematic, historical, and teleological.
    By modelling situations where according to national legal acts patient decide in medical treatment based on his
    or her religious beliefs, author concluded that the national normative acts in the field of patients’ rights should
    be improved.
    Considering the results of the research, the author has made following conclusions:
    1. Each medical institution must have a plan for the implementation of patients’ rights, and it must contain
    guidelines in communication and treatment that would apply to patients with different types of religious
    2. Legal acts should be improved to stipulate that the medicals practitioners are obliged to regularly educate
    himself in the field of patient rights and professional ethics and deontology.
    3. Legal acts should be improved in the field how patients receive and how they provide information in
    medical treatment, including decisions and refusals from medical treatment based on their religious
    4. Legal acts that determine how the treating person should act if the patient refuses medical treatment
    need to be improved.
    Period29 Mar 202331 Mar 2023
    Event titleRSU Research week 2023: PLACES
    Event typeConference
    Conference number3
    OrganiserRīga Stradiņš University
    LocationRīga, LatviaShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionInternational


    • Capable Adult Patient
    • patient
    • medical law
    • medical treatment
    • religion
    • Medical law