A “Child’s Rights Perspective”: The “Right” of Children and Young People to Participate in Health Care Research

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Abstract

As all human beings are consumers of health care provision across the life span and in receipt of care delivered by accountable health care professionals, all should have the right to be involved in shaping the future of their own health care. Rights-based participation, when applied successfully, has the potential to inform and influence the delivery of child health care, the child’s experience of health care, plus children’s nursing education (Coyne & Gallagher, 2011). The “right” of every child and young person to participate in research that relates to their own health care is also sustained by the author’s lead position as a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education for pre-registration children’s nursing in Northern Ireland and the appreciation of their voice when practicing as a registered children’s nurse and ward sister. The report provides an insight into seminal work on human and child rights; the historical context of children in Western society, and the evolution of children’s nursing amid the child’s right to participate in shaping their own health care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161–180
Number of pages20
JournalIssues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 02 Sep 2015

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