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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THE FEAR THAT THE US GOVERNMENT and medical authorities had been engaged in what has been called a "dark history" of medical experimentation on African-Americans is supported by the release over the past several years of once-secret US government documents showing how, from slavery until today, African-Americans have been America's favourite guinea pig.
the Second Circuit's majority found that nonconsensual medical experimentation on humans violated a universally accepted norm of customary international law.
The informed consent requirements for medical experimentation arose as a reaction to the abuses of the Nazi doctors who conducted medical experiments on concentration camp victims, as well as to abuses by public health officials and investigators in this country during the Tuskegee syphilis study, in which treatment was withheld from African American men with syphilis who were misled into believing they were in fact receiving treatment.
We fully support implementation of humane medical experimentation that promotes the health and wellbeing of all living creatures.
Majdalani also commented on medical experimentation and research, and said scientific studies needed to be regulated.
If medical experimentation, sterilization, castration and lobotomies were more the exceptions than the rule, aversion therapy--a "Clockwork Orange"-style form of electroshock--ranked among the milder prescriptions.
After they were dead their gold fillings were extracted, their body parts were harvested, some were subject to medical experimentation even before death.
In World War II, there is only one man who could be argued to be more evil than Adolph Hitler--a Nazi medical doctor who exploiting concentration camp victims in hideous medical experimentation.
Review of the book Medical apartheid: The dark history of medical experimentation on Black Americans from colonial times to present].
Bush administration's interpretation of US constitutional law with regards to torture, the history of torture and the changing nature of European legal systems since the 12th century, the involvement of nurses in Nazi medical experimentation, torture as one component of wider patterns of state terror, and the portrayal of torture in the television series 24.
The Cabinet included under the definition of trafficking holding a person under control for sexual abuse, forced labor, involuntary begging, slavery or slavery-like practices and enforced organ removal or medical experimentation.

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