Principles of Fulfilment of Patient Duties in Medical Treatment

Līga Mazure

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Downloads (Pure)


Nowadays contract law tends to be applied to the medical treatment contract. This causes the normative value of patient duties to grow, which is also consolidated in the legal system. However, the medical treatment relationship is special, and absolute transfer of the principles of contract law to the medical treatment contract is problematic. Uncertainties and clashes are observed when evaluating the interpretation of the principles of fulfilment of patient duties and the criteria for their application. The pacta sunt servanda principle which dominates in contractual law governing the fulfilment of patient duties is to be adapted, considering the specific features of the medical treatment relationship. The research aim is to analyse the principles of fulfilment of patient duties in medical treatment, find deficiencies in interpretation and application in respect of these principles and propose specific solutions for the improvement of the principles of fulfilment of patient duties. The following primary research methods were used in the study: analytical, systemic, teleological. The result of the study provides evaluation of the principles of fulfilment of patient duties, specifying the circle of persons related to patient duties when these duties are established and terminated, as well as the limits for the fulfilment of patient duties. Based on this evaluation, a proposal is put forward for the improvement of normative regulations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-32
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • duty
  • health condition
  • medical treatment
  • patient
  • principles of fulfilment

Field of Science*

  • 5.5 Law

Publication Type*

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

Cite this