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by Dr Martin
Curtice, Dr Richard
Symonds and Dr Tim
Last reviewed: April 2019
concept of a human rights-based approach to clinical practice is
relatively new. The Department of Health
(2008b) has enunciated that:
‘a human rights based approach is one where the realisation
of human rights principles is a central aim in policy and planning,
where staff and patients are empowered and involved in achieving
these, where accountability is clear and the most vulnerable groups
There are five core values that underpin the approach:
This module focuses on these core
values, illustrating their diverse use in the clinical
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In the first module in this series, Human rights and the Human Rights Act 1998:
implications for psychiatrists, we looked at issues
and principles from the HRA 1998 and how these can be used in daily
This module is based upon a paper accepted by the Psychiatric
Bulletin entitled ‘FREDA: principles for a human rights-based
approach to healthcare’ (Curtice &