patients' rights

(redirected from Advance Medical Directives)
Also found in: Legal.

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
Stating, as the bill does, that once a conscience objection is expressed and an advance medical directive is in place, the health care professional (though the bill only states physicians) shall comply with the Medical Consent and Natural Death Act (which is meant to guide objections relating to ethical or professional reason) is inadequate - this would mean that a physician or health care provider who has a religious or moral objection to a patient's advanced medical directive then make a "good faith" effort to assist the patient in finding someone else to provide the care in accordance with the patient's legal documents, while care is continued - rather than simply honor the patient's legal rights to begin with.
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).
Does nothing to protect Idahoans' legal end-of-life wishes expressed in their advance medical directives, still allowing all health care professionals in Idaho to refuse to honor the legal documents.
He put in place a Living Will, a Do Not Resuscitate order and other advance medical directives," Rien told a Capitol news conference.
In a so-called attempt to fix Idaho's new "conscience" law, which allows all health care professionals to refuse to honor advance medical directives, members of the House State Affairs Committee voted forward a bill that may only make matters worse.
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.

Full browser ?