When you understand your rights and your choices, you will be better prepared to participate in making medically appropriate decisions about your health care. 

If you have any questions, speak with your doctor, or call the hospital ethics committee, social work department, patient representatives department or clergy. Any of these representatives will be very willing to assist you.

The information in this section is extracted from the "Speak for Yourself" brochure, which is given to patients when they are admitted to a Lifespan hospital.