Patient Rights

As a patient, you have rights

The staff at Tufts Medical Center is dedicated to offering excellent medical care and delivering this care with respect for your individuality and dignity. We believe that effective patient care begins with the establishment of a partnership between the patient, his or her family and the staff at the Medical Center.

Your rights

You have, among other rights, the right to:

  • Be treated considerately and with respect and to have questions or requests for information answered courteously
  • Be informed of your health status and participate in the development and implementation of the plan of care
  • Request the name and specialty of the doc- tor responsible for coordinating your care and the role of all others involved in that care
  • Make informed decisions regarding your care
  • Refuse diagnostic and treatment procedures; nevertheless, to still receive the best help that your health care team can offer under the circumstances
  • Be given a full explanation of any research study or training program before agreeing to participate in it, as well as the right to refuse to participate
  • Receive care in a safe environment and to be free from all forms of abuse or harassment
  • Formulate advance directives and have hos- pital staff comply with these directives to the extent provided by law
  • Have a family member or personal representative and your own physician notified of your admission to the hospital