Notion of Patient Duties

Līga Mazure

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A trend is emerging in the Latvian legal system to refer to patient duties more and
more, thus consolidating the idea of patient duties. Deficiencies are found, however, in
the interpretation of the idea of patient duties, which lacks consistent distinction from
related notions.
Nowadays, not only is the attention to patient duties in the medical treatment
relationship growing, but changes are also taking place which are directed at expanding
the interpretation of patient duties, creating groundwork for new patient duties in medical
The aim of the research is to analyse the notion of patient duties, find deficiencies
in its interpretation and propose specific solutions to improve the definition of patient
duties. The following primary research methods have been used in the study: analytical,
systemic, teleological.
The research results include an interpretation of the definition of patient duties,
distinguishing it from related notions and analysing the trend of expanding the interpretation of patient duties. Based on this interpretation, a proposal is made for improvement
of the laws and regulations
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-159
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • adherence
  • duty
  • expansion
  • notion
  • patient

Field of Science*

  • 5.5 Law

Publication Type*

  • 1.2. Scientific article included in INT1 or INT2 category journal of ERIH database


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