Patient Rights and Privacy

Jonah, Adam, Chandler


As a patient, you are granted certain rights to privacy, and a say in the medical procedures. Client autonomy is a right for the patient to make healthcare decisions unless you are senile, a minor, under the influence, or mentally insane. These rights keep patients medical records and other health information private and only for their doctor to see. A patient has the right to be treated fairly and with respect, and cultural beliefs accepted as well including religion. A patient can be provided privacy and security. You are allowed to see visitors of your choice. It is very important that all medical records are kept private and are not shared or released.

Informed Consent

Informed consent is a process for getting permission before conducting a healthcare intervention on a person. A health care provider may ask a patient's consent to receive therapy before providing it, or a clinical researcher may ask a participant before enrolling that person into a clinical trainer. Informed consent is collected according to guidelines from the fields of medical ethics and research tactics. An informed consent can be said to have been given based upon a clear appreciation and understanding of the facts, implications, and consequences of an action. To give informed consent, the individual concerned must have adequate reasoning faculties and be in possession of all relevant facts.

Patient Responsibilities

In return, the patient has responsibilities to the doctor or hospital. You need to tell your doctor if anything unexpected as happened to your health condition, to cooperate with the medical professionals, accept the risks and consequences of a procedure, pay for services provided by the doctors, and respect rights of other patients. It’s a give and take relationship between the two, keeping privacy of the patient makes them feel safe and secure while the doctors are trusting that they’re doing everything in their power to help you the best they can.

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Bridgewater Case

There was a court case in January of 2015 that was a case of a prison hospital named Bridgewater violating the rights of inmates needing medical attention. Three inmates came forward and said that the doctors at the prison kept them in long periods of seclusion, sometimes strapping them down to beds. The doctors and nurses never said why they were doing this to the patients. In this case there was a violation because even at a prison, the medical staff still has to inform the patient what is being done and why. On top of this, it is also patient abuse if these inmates were kept in seclusion for no reason.


Patient privacy a necessity in the medical field, it protects the dignity and rights of the patient that you're trying to help. They should be able to receive healthcare without the whole world knowing what's wrong. Some patients don't even want their families to know what is happening when it comes to sensitive medical disorders. If the patient feels like not letting the people they hold closest to them knowing what's wrong, what gives the medical workers the right to let everyone know.