Patient Rights and Responsibilities

At Huntsman Cancer Institute, our goal is to provide excellent health care to every patient. Our patients have the following rights and responsibilities regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, and/or veteran status.

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You Have Responsibilities

As a patient, you have responsibilities to do the following:

  • Give correct, complete information about your health status and health history
  • Ask questions if you do not understand information or instructions
  • Inform your caregivers if you do not intend to or cannot follow the treatment plan
  • Accept health consequences that may occur if you decide to refuse treatment or instructions
  • Cooperate with your caregivers
  • Respect the rights and property of other patients
  • Tell your caregivers of any medications you brought from home
  • Report any changes in your health status to your caregivers

You Have Rights

As a patient, you have rights to the following:

  • Respect and Privacy
    • Be treated with respect in a caring and safe environment
    • Maintain personal privacy and confidentiality of your health information
  • Quality Care
    • Receive proper evaluation and treatment
    • Obtain proper pain assessment and management
    • Have freedom from restraints, except when needed to protect you or others from harm
    • Be free from abuse
    • Obtain access to protective services
    • Receive spiritual services upon request
    • Obtain resolution of concerns about your care when possible

If you have concerns about your care, talk with your caregivers or a supervisor. If you are not happy with how your concern is resolved, contact Customer Service at 801-581-2668. You may also file a complaint with the Utah Department of Health at 1-800-999-7339, or by calling the Joint Commission at 1-800-994-6610, or you can write to the Utah Bureau of Health Facility Licensing, Certification, and Resident Assessment, P.O. Box 144103, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114.

  • Information and Communication
    • Know the names and roles of those caring for you
    • Communicate with your caregivers in a language or method you can understand
    • Have your personal physician and a person of your choice notified when you are admitted to the hospital
    • Communicate with people outside the hospital by way of visitors, phone, and mail, except when doing so would interfere with your care (Any restrictions will be explained to you.)
    • Be informed about your health status, recommended treatments, options, risks, and benefits
    • Receive information about the costs of your care and payment methods
    • Review and receive a copy of your medical record, subject to state law and hospital policy
  • Decision Making
    • Be involved with your care through discussions with your caregivers
    • Have family members involved in your care when appropriate
    • Be informed of benefits and risks of your treatment options, and agree to or refuse a course of action
    • Choose whether or not to take part in research studies and have studies explained to you before you decide (Other care will continue whatever your decision regarding research studies.)
    • Direct your care through an advance directive. Advance directives are legal forms that state your choices about the care you want to receive in serious health situations. They also allow you to name someone to make decisions for you if you cannot speak for yourself. You can ask your Patient and Family Support social worker for help with creating an advance directive.
    • Request a new doctor or ask for a second opinion

Huntsman Cancer Institute is part of the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. Read more about Patient Rights and Responsibilities on the University of Utah Health Care webpage.