Patient Rights Topic Guide
Patient Rights: Patient rights are the basic rules of conduct between medical caregivers as well as the institutions and people that support them and patients. The key components are communication; informed consent; confidentiality; the right to healthcare; abandonment; right to refuse care for adults parents, and children; legal principles in medicine; and medical research and patients' rights.
Advance Directives Advance directives center around the principles of your right to die and death with dignity. A living will tells doctors what life-prolonging treatments to perform if someone has a terminal condition or is in a persistent vegetative state. Medical power of attorney is someone who makes medical decisions for you if you become unable to make those decisions for yourself.