In addition to respecting patients’ rights, we also encourage patients to understand their responsibilities. By taking an active role in your health care, you can help your caregivers meet your needs as a patient or family member. That is why we ask that you and your family share with us certain responsibilities.
We ask that you:
- Tell us about any concerns you have about the safety and/or quality of your care.
- Ask your doctor or nurse what to expect regarding pain and pain management; discuss pain relief options with your doctors and nurses; work with your doctor and nurse to develop a pain management plan; ask for pain relief when pain first begins; help your doctor and nurse assess your pain; tell your doctor and nurse if your pain is not relieved; and tell your doctor or nurse about any worries you have about taking pain medication.
- Provide an accurate list of medications and dosages you are currently taking.
- Actively participate in educational programs relevant to your condition/diagnosis as deemed appropriate by the professional caregiver(s).
- Tell your physician and nurse about your past health history. This an important part of current care and should be discussed openly and honestly.
- Take sensible precautions to keep healthy and to use the advice and information that has been made available for this purpose.
- Not bring any valuable with you to the hospital. Safeguard anything that you keep in your room.
- Follow certain hospital regulations such as those concerned with smoking, visiting hours and schedules for admission and discharge.
- Arrive at appointments promptly or, if they must be canceled or postponed, notifying the hospital as soon as possible.