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:
- informed consent;
- the right to healthcare;
- right to refuse care for adults parents, and children;
- legal principles in medicine; and
- medical research and patients' rights.
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Advance DirectivesAdvance 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.
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Informed ConsentDoctors will give you information about a particular treatment or test in order for you to decide whether or not you wish to undergo a treatment or test. This process of understanding the risks and benefits of treatment is known as informed consent. Informed consent is based on the moral and legal premise of patient autonomy: You as the patient have the right to make decisions about your own health and medical conditions.