Healthcare professionals are responsible for respecting and protecting their patients’ rights.
Healthcare professionals are responsible for respecting and protecting their patients’ rights. The Patients’ Bill of Rights, established by the American Hospital Association (AHA), provides a framework for healthcare professionals to follow when protecting their patients’ rights (AHA, 2018). This paper will provide an overview of the AHA’s Patients’ Bill of Rights and discuss strategies healthcare professionals can use to uphold and protect these rights.
The Patients’ Bill of Rights was first established in 1973 by the AHA and is applicable in both inpatient and outpatient settings. It outlines five primary rights that healthcare professionals should respect for all patients:
· Patient autonomy and informed decision-making.
· Access to care.
· Respect for privacy and confidentiality.
· The right to refuse treatment.
· The right to safety and quality care.
Ultimately, these rights aim to provide a foundation for patient-provider communication, protect patient autonomy and dignity, and ensure that all patients receive quality and safe care.
In order to ensure that patient’s rights are upheld, healthcare professionals must be actively involved in promoting patient safety and protecting their patients’ autonomy. One way to do this is to educate patients about their rights and ensure they are informed of their options. This can be done by providing understandable information and encouraging patients to ask questions and participate in decision-making. Healthcare professionals should also ensure that informed consent procedures are followed to protect patient autonomy. Informed consent is particularly important for invasive procedures or treatments.
When respecting the right to privacy and confidentiality, healthcare professionals should ensure that all patient-specific information is kept confidential and stored securely. This includes using secure messaging for electronic communication and encrypting health information when possible (Tertulino et al., 2023). Healthcare professionals should also ensure that records and documents, such as medical records, are kept secure and confidential.
The right to refuse treatment should also be respected. Healthcare professionals should discuss the risks and benefits of treatment options with their patients and ensure they have all the information they need to make informed decisions about their care. Patients should be allowed to refuse treatments without pressure from the healthcare professional. Moreover, healthcare professionals should provide a safe environment for patients by adhering to best practices and upholding standards of care. In addition, they should take all necessary steps to prevent harm to patients and respect their right to privacy.
Finally, healthcare professionals should strive to provide quality care. This includes following standards of practice, providing evidence-based care, maintaining a positive patient-provider relationship, and actively listening to the patient’s needs and concerns. Quality care also involves responding promptly to patient complaints and maintaining open communication so that patient concerns can be addressed promptly.
Healthcare professionals are responsible for ensuring patient rights are respected and upheld. By educating patients, following informed consent procedures, respecting patient privacy and confidentiality, respecting the right to refuse treatment, and providing quality care, healthcare professionals can protect the rights of their patients. By adhering to the Patients’ Bill of Rights and following the strategies outlined in this paper, healthcare professionals can ensure that the rights of their patients are respected and protected.