Friday, October 27, 2006

The Rights of Patients: The Basic ACLU Guide to Patient Rights - Questia Online Library

The Rights of Patients: The Basic ACLU Guide to Patient Rights - Questia Online Library: "The Patient Rights Advocate.
Recognition of patient rights in the form of a Patient Bill of
Rights is a necessary, but not sufficient, step in the protection
and promotion of patient rights. Rights are not self-actualizing.
We may look forward to the day when all physicians, nurses, and
allied health professionals will accord patients their basic human
rights as a matter of course, but this day has not yet come. Until
this goal is attained, mechanisms that can help to ensure that
patient rights are protected and honored will be absolute neces-
sities. Some of these mechanisms are discussed in this chapter.
I continue to favor the one Jay Healey and I proposed in 1974: the
patient rights advocate."

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