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Patient Rights


Overview & Objectives

Up until the 1970’s, physicians made decisions about a patient’s care with little or no input from the patient or family. In two separate studies done in 1953 and 1961, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that 69% and 90% (respectively) of doctors did not tell their patients they had cancer. Human experimentation studies were done on prisoners and poor and orphaned children. By today’s standards, those stories and others would bring lawsuits. In 1973 the American Hospital Association (AHA) published the first standards for patient rights. This inservice covers the evolution of patient rights, the role of medical ethics, the Patient Self-Determination Act, and the rights of hospice patients. The learning objectives for this module include:

  • Discuss the history of patient’s rights
  • Review the scope of medical ethics
  • Define the Patient Self-Determination Act
  • List the rights of hospice patients
  • Discuss autonomy in hospice care


    Learning Module

  • Group Exercise: YOUR Patient Rights
  • Test Questions
  • Instructor Answer Key
  • Attendance Sheet
  • Evaluation Form
  • Certificate of Attendance