Ethics and Patient Rights

Ethics and Patient Rights

Speak for Yourself

The following information can help you become your own best advocate.

We are pleased to provide access through our site to information which may be of assistance to patients in planning for care at the end of life. 

Patient Rights and Responsibilities
Each patient has legal rights and responsibilities while in the hospital. Plus, read Lifespan's joint privacy policy.

Patient Safety Tips
Safety tips for patients and visitors and families.

Ethics Committee
The hospital's Ethics Committee offers guidance and support to patients, families and caregivers in difficult decision making situations.

Advance Directives
An overview of advance directives and their importance in directing your care.

Comparing Your Legal Options
Living will or durable power of attorney? Here are the differences in a nutshell. 

Living Will
General information about Rhode Island's Rights of the Terminally Ill Act, instructions for creating a living will and a sample form.

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
Information about durable power of attorney for health care, its advantages and limitations,how to create one and a printable version of Rhode Island's form.

End of Life Care
An overview of end-of-life care options.

Related Links
Online resources and more information.