Aart C Hendriks

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The introduction of new reproductive technologies raises numerous legal and ethical questions. Answering these questions requires conceptual clarity about the nature and scope of women's and parental rights, the implications of these techniques for the dignity and rights of the unborn and the responsibility of the state as well as the medical profession in(More)
The Medical Disciplinary Court of The Hague recently imposed an official warning on two physicians who did not yield to the pressure exerted by a 102-year-old patient and her family to start palliative sedation. This decision not only restricts the directing role of physicians with respect to the end-of-life phase, but is also inconsistent with the(More)
OBJECTIVE To gain insight into the disciplinary verdicts on screening and preventive diagnostics and their contribution to the professional standard. DESIGN Descriptive research, analysis of disciplinary proceedings. METHOD Two Dutch electronic databases containing disciplinary proceedings were searched using 18 search terms for disciplinary court(More)
Guidelines contain evidence-based recommendations for clinical practice. Physicians and other healthcare providers are expected to follow these guidelines to provide proper care to their patients. Deviation from guidelines is possible, but should be undertaken for a reason. New evidence and insights involve guidelines having to be revised periodically. What(More)
During the last fifteen years, an increasing number of European countries have adopted laws or other legal instruments respecting and protecting the rights of patients. This reflects the progressive recognition of the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all (potential) users of the health care system. At the same time, however, a growing(More)
Problematic sickness absence is an issue that concerns not only occupational health physicians, but all physicians. More collaboration between occupational health and treating physicians, plus improved alignment of symptom treatment and reintegration counselling, can help avoid long-term sickness absence of employees. Achieving this goal presupposes mutual(More)
Respecting and protecting personal autonomy requires that autonomy is interpreted in conjunction with the principle of good care in a way consistent with (the aspirations enshrined in) human dignity. This leads to a principled and relational approach towards personal autonomy. This implies an active role of health care providers, as councillors of patients,(More)