patients' rights

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patients' rights

Those culturally and legally specified rights, claims, powers, privileges, and remedies due to a person receiving health care services. They include, but are not limited to, the following: 1. access to care; 2. aftercare assistance or aid; 3. an appeals process when one has a grievance; 4. choice in the selection of one's health care providers; 5. confidentiality and privacy; 6. freedom from discrimination; 7. information; 8. respectful treatment; 9. safety; 10. shared decision making; and11. respect for patient preferences and wishes.

patients' rights

The entitlement of patients, especially those in hospital, to considerate and respectful care, to information about what is being done to them or what is proposed and to knowledge of the diagnosis and probable outlook (prognosis). Patients are especially entitled to all information necessary to enable them to give informed consent to any surgical operation or other form of treatment, especially if associated with risk. Patients have a right to refuse treatment and to be informed of the probable consequences. They are entitled to privacy and confidentiality over their medical details and may not be included in any form of medical trial or experiment without their full knowledge and consent. Patients may discharge themselves from hospital at any time, but may be required to sign a document to the effect that they understand the possible consequences.
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This article focuses on the role of the medical-surgical nurse in assisting the patient's understanding of the importance in completing an advance medical directive (AMD).
Advance Medical Directive (AMD) Ideas to Increase Staff Awareness and Patient Education on AMDs: * Patient's code status/AMD identification.
The sea change in the view of society-at-large, and the medical profession in particular, relative to the perceived autonomous value of advance medical directives, offers an instructive roadmap for prosecutorial acceptance of declarations of life in the death penalty context.
Two basic forms of advance medical directives exist: proxy and instructional.
Even now, however, because most states require advance medical directives, Glick estimates that 85% to 90% of us do not currently have a right to die.
Patient knowledge about advance medical directives correlated positively with race (white), income ([greater than or equal to] $10K), and level of education (high school or more).
A small booklet, written in simple language to help Catholics and others deal with advance medical directives about life-or-death decisions, is going into its second printing of 5,000 just more than a month after its debut.
The first 5,000 copies of In Life and Death We Belong to the Lord: Considering Advance Medical Directives were distributed quickly throughout the nation.
The packages range in price from $85 for a single Medical Directives Pack[TM] to $200 for a complete Smarter Will Pack[TM], which includes an Illinois will, living will, and advance medical directives (a healthcare power of attorney, property power of attorney, and HIPAA authorization).
He put in place a Living Will, a Do Not Resuscitate order and other advance medical directives," Rien told a Capitol news conference.
It requires patients in all federally funded institutions be informed about their right to participate in health care decisions, including their right to have an Advance Medical Directive.

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