As a patient, you have certain rights, including the right to impartial access to treatment, the right to privacy, and the right to refuse any treatment. But what should happen if you became too sick to make your own medical decisions? An Advance Directive enables patients to write down their wishes for treatment in advance, so that their family members, doctors, nurses and hospital staff can abide by their wishes.
When a health care choice also involves an ethical concern, such as a patient’s wish to refuse life-sustaining treatment or a disagreement between family members or other caregivers honoring a patient’s Advance Directive, decision making can become overwhelming. Providence Saint John’s Health Center offers an Ethics Consultation Service to help patients and families with these concerns.