Patient Rights and Responsibilities

​​​​​​​Hospital Care is complex and requires many choices and decision. This complexity can be confusing and even frightening for patients at a time when they need to make important decisions and focus on coping with their illness.

It is our responsibility to help ensure that patients and their families are aware of their rights and responsibilities, and have the information that will allow them to protect their dignity and independence. These rights and responsibilities are addressed in UWMC Policy Number 5-37 and in HMC Policy Number 5.32.

Further, families and patients' support systems have a significant impact on response to health and illness; therefore, patient/family contacts are encouraged and promoted as frequently as possible. Our goal is to meet the needs of our patients and families for support, comfort and care when the presence of family and friends are most desired. Our Family and Visitor Guidelines are addressed in UWMC Policy Number 85-6 and in HMC Policy Number ​5.9. ​