Bioethics

Patient's Bill of Rights

Patient Care Partnership

The Patient's Bill of Rights was first adopted by the American Hospital Association (AHA) in 1973 and revised in October 1992. This document was developed with the expectation that hospitals and health care institutions would support these rights in the interest of delivering more effective patient care.

However, in the interests of promoting more of a "partnership" philosophy, emphasizing that good healthcare requires effort on the parts of the health care provider(s) *and* the patient, the Patient's Bill of Rights was replaced by the AHA in 2003 by the "Patient Care Partnership."

The full text of the old Patient's Bill of Rights can be found in various places, such as the Maryland Health Care Commission web site.