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Patients' Bill of Rights


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A statement prepared by the American Hospital Association in 1973, setting out rights, e.g., preserving personal dignity, the right to privacy, and the right to participate in decisions about aspects of health care. Although intended for hospital patients, evolving values have made infringement of rights by public health professionals unacceptable or hard to justify. There have been many modifications by advocates for particular groups, such as retired persons, minorities, and patients with cancer. In 2001, a modification was suggested in the bipartisan McCain-Edwards-Kennedy bill in the US Senate. The provisions of this bill of rights are available at http://democrats.senate.gov/pbr/summary.html.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.


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