Patient Rights and Responsibilities

Johns Hopkins Medicine recognizes that all patients have fundamental, overarching rights to information, fair treatment and autonomy over medical decisions, among other rights. These include the rights to receive effective communication, to participate in care decisions, to give informed consent, to know care providers and to participate in end-of-life decisions. It also includes considerate care that safeguards their personal dignity and safety, provides for the confidentiality of and access to their medical information and respects their cultural, psychological and spiritual values. When patients understand and accept their rights and responsibilities, they become partners in care with the health care team. Johns Hopkins Medicine informs all patients and their patient representatives of their rights and responsibilities while receiving care, treatment and services. All staff are held accountable for supporting and upholding those rights.

To promote patient safety, we encourage you to speak openly with your health care team, be well-informed and take part in care decisions and treatment choices. Join us as active members of your health care team by reviewing the rights and responsibilities listed below for patients and patient representatives.

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