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Patient Rights Made Simple Training Course

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The Patient Bill of Rights ensures dignity, respect, and informed decision-making for all patients.

13 minutes   |   SKU: ABCPAT    |    Language(s): EN    |    Produced 2017








13 minutes

Training Objectives

Understand the origins and revisions of the Patient Bill of Rights
Recognize the importance of federal laws in patient rights
Emphasize the right to dignity and respect in healthcare
Highlight the role of informed consent in medical ethics
Identify the benefits for organizations adhering to patient rights
Explain the process and importance of informed consent

Course Overview

The Patient Bill of Rights, developed in 1973 and revised in 1992 by the American Hospital Association, outlines essential patient rights grounded in state and federal laws, medical ethics, and accepted practices. Core rights include being treated with dignity and respect, and empowerment in healthcare decisions. Key federal laws supporting these rights are HIPAA, the ADA, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, and the Patient Self-Determination Act. Healthcare organizations that prioritize patient rights are more competitive, enjoy stronger community reputations, and benefit from fewer medical errors, malpractice suits, government sanctions, and insurance costs.

Healthcare professionals adhering to patient rights experience greater job satisfaction, career advancement, and make fewer medical errors. Institutions committed to patient rights require all employees to respect and follow these guidelines. Patients have rights to be heard, treated with courtesy, and free from discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, or ability to pay. They also have the right to informed consent, receiving clear information about treatments, and to refuse any procedure or treatment. Complying with informed consent requirements, including providing information in the patient’s preferred language, ensures respect and reduces medical errors.

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Which federal laws play a role in patient rights?

HIPAA, ADA, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, and Patient Self-Determination Act.

What is the core right at the heart of patient rights?

The right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to make personal health care decisions.

How does adherence to patient rights benefit healthcare organizations?

Organizations gain a stronger reputation, lower insurance rates, fewer medical errors, and increased job satisfaction among staff.

What is informed consent?

Informed consent is the process of communication between patients and healthcare providers, ensuring patients understand and agree to their treatment options.

What should healthcare providers do if a patient struggles to understand treatment information?

Information should be repeated in easy-to-understand language, and patient comprehension should be assessed. A translator or translation may be provided if necessary.

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