Patients and Their Relatives Right to Receive Spiritual Health Care in the Republic of Latvia

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Presentation on the results of the study which is part of authors doctoral thesis and in which author have analysed national legal acts, scientific literature in the field of medical law and the results of the circulated questionnaire as to the effectiveness, and the efforts made in Latvian hospitals to implement the Law On the Rights of Patients of the Republic of Latvia (fifth paragraph of Article 3). Fifth paragraph of Article 3 states that the patient and his or her relatives has right to receive spiritual health care which, in accordance with the laws and regulations governing the activities of chaplain services and religious organisations, shall be provided by the chaplain of a medical treatment institution. This law is considered as a unique and specific patient right and the purpose of this law is very closely linked to the human right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
Based on the analysed data of the study author have put forward proposals for improving the national legal acts:
- of the criteria governing the procedures for the development of the spiritual health care in medical treatment institutions;
- of the laws and regulations governing the legal status of the professional health care chaplain;
- of the laws and regulations of religious manifestation in medical treatment institutions and the duties of the chaplain according to this.
Period9 Dec 202010 Dec 2020
Event titlePhD seminar of the European Association of Health Law
Event typeSeminar
OrganiserEuropean Association of Health Law (EAHL)
LocationBrusselsShow on map


  • chaplain
  • chaplaincy services
  • freedom of thought
  • hospital
  • patient
  • spiritual health care
  • religion
  • conscience and religion

Field of Science

  • 5.5 Law