Patient's Rights & Responsibilities

Patient's Rights

The patient has a right…

  • To be treated with respect and dignity and to be provided with courteous, considerate care
  • To be informed about the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of the health problem in terms that can be understood
  • To know the chances that treatment will be effective and to know the possible risks, side effects and alternative methods of treatment
  • To receive confidential treatment of their disclosures and medical records and, except when required by law, is afforded the opportunity to approve or refuse release; to know who is responsible for providing treatment
  • To have access to a second medical opinion before making any decision. The patient can decide not to be treated, but must be informed of the medical consequences of refusal
  • To participate in decisions involving the health problem
  • To be informed of the personal responsibilities involved in seeking medical treatment and maintaining health and well-being thereafter
  • To privacy of person and privacy of personal health information 
  • To have access to resource persons and information concerning health education, self-care and prevention of illness

Patient's Responsibilities

The patient has the responsibility…

  • To inform clinician of any changes in their health status that could affect their treatment
  • To adhere to a prescribed treatment plan and to discuss any desired change
  • To act in a considerate and cooperative manner with the Student Health Services staff
  • To ask questions and seek clarification regarding areas of concern
  • To weigh the consequences of refusing to comply with instructions and recommendations
  • To assist the clinicians in compiling a complete record by authorizing the Student Health Services to obtain necessary medical information from appropriate sources
  • To keep appointment on time
  • To cancel appointments only when absolutely necessary, and far enough in advance so that other patients might utilize that time