Patient's Responsibilities- Adult
The following is a statement of a patient's responsibilities.
Providing information. A patient has the responsibility to provide, to the best of his/her knowledge, accurate and complete information about present complaints, past ill-nesses, hospitalizations, medications, and other matters relating to his/her health. He/she has the responsibility to report perceived risks in their care and unexpected changes in his/her condition to the responsible practitioner. A patient is responsible for making it known whether he/she clearly comprehends a contemplated course of action and what is expected of him/her. The patient is responsible for providing feedback to hospital staff regarding their service needs and expectations.
Asking questions. Patients and families, as appropriate, must ask questions when they do not understand their care, treatment, and service or what they are expected to do.
Following instructions. Patients and their families are to follow the care, treatment, and service plan developed. They should express any concerns about their ability to follow the proposed care plan or course of care, treatment, and services. The organization makes every effort to adapt the plan to the specific needs and limitations of the patients. When such adaptations to the care, treatment, and service plan are not recommended, patients and their families are informed of the consequences of the care, treatment and service alternatives and not following the proposed course.
Accepting consequences. Patients and their families are responsible for the outcomes if they do not follow the care, treatment, and service plan.
Following rules and regulations. Patients and their families are to follow the organization’s rules and regulations.
Meeting financial commitments. The patient is responsible for assuring that the financial obligations of his/her health care agreed to with the organization are fulfilled as promptly as possible.
Showing respect and consideration. The patient is responsible for being considerate of the rights of other patients and hospital personnel, and for assisting in the control of noise, and the number of visitors. The patient is responsible for being respectful of the property of other persons and the hospital.
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