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The collaborative nature of health care requires that patients — or their families/surrogates — participate in their care. The effectiveness of care and a patient’s satisfaction with the course of treatment depends, in part, on the patient fulfilling certain responsibilities.

Communication

Patients are responsible for providing information about past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications and other matters related to health status. To participate effectively in decision making, patients must be encouraged to take responsibility for requesting additional information or clarification about their health status or treatment when they do not fully understand information and instructions. Patients are also responsible for ensuring that the health care institution has a copy of their written advance directive if they have one. If you are 18 or older and mentally competent, you have the right to make decisions about your medical care. Advanced directives are legal forms that describe to your doctors and your family what kinds of treatments you want in case you become unable to make medical decisions for yourself.

There are two kinds of advance directives:

  • A living will lets you state your wishes about medical care, or choose another person(s) to make medical decisions for you if you lose the ability to do so.
  • A health care power of attorney lets you name a person to make health care decisions for you if you become unable to decide for yourself.

For more information, contact your physician or the Department of Religion, Health and Human Values at (312) 942-5571. Patients are responsible for informing their physicians and other caregivers if they anticipate problems in following prescribed treatment.

Awareness

Patients should also be aware of the hospital’s obligation to be reasonably efficient and equitable in providing care to other patients and the community. The hospital’s rules and regulations are designed to help the hospital meet this obligation. Patients and their families are responsible for making reasonable accommodations to the needs of the hospital, other patients, medical staff and hospital employees.
Patients are responsible for providing necessary information for insurance claims and for working with the hospital to make payment
arrangements.

A person’s health depends on much more than health care services. Patients are responsible for recognizing the impact of their lifestyle on their personal health.

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