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Health Sector ICT Policy and Strategy120330062728. Ten Commandments for patient-centred treatment. 1.

Ten Commandments for patient-centred treatment

Thou shalt have no aim except to help patients, according to the goals they wish to achieve When deciding on a treatment, the first diagnosis you need to reach is about the nature of the illness. The second diagnosis you need concerns what the individual would like to achieve.1 Both are of equal importance and this is as true in simple one-off encounters as in complex lifelong illness. But the balance needs particularly careful thought when beginning long-term treatment. Always make sure that you understand your patient’s aims before you propose a course of action. 2. Both health professionals and lay people tend to overestimate the benefits of treatments and underestimate their harms.

It is important to have a ‘ball-park’ idea of these figures in common clinical situations, but also important to bear in mind their limitations. 3. The first commandment assumes that there will be two diagnoses in each consultation. 4. 5. LIVING WILLS AND HEALTH CARE REPRESENTATIVES. Topic:LIABILITY (LAW); MEDICAL CARE; HEALTH FACILITIES; UNIFORM LAWS; WILLS; PHYSICIANS; RIGHT TO DIE; Location:RIGHT TO DIE; You asked how Connecticut's living will and health care representative laws compare with other states, especially regarding the situations a living will covers.

LIVING WILLS AND HEALTH CARE REPRESENTATIVES

A living will, also called an “advance directive,” conveys a patient's wishes regarding treatment when those wishes can no longer be personally communicated. Connecticut law defines “advance directives” as a writing, including a living will, an appointment of a health care representative, or both. To protect themselves from liability, the law requires physicians to consider advance directives when deciding on treatment plans for incapacitated patients. But they do not have to comply with the directive. The Connecticut triggering events are also narrower than those in such states as Florida, New Jersey, and Oregon. ELDER ABUSE LAWS AND MANDATED REPORTING. The material provided on the 211 eLibrary is for informational purposes only.

ELDER ABUSE LAWS AND MANDATED REPORTING

It is not intended to be and should not be construed as legal advice. The following information is summarized from: Conn. General Statutes, Sec.17b-450-452, and Conn. General Assembly, Office of Legislative Research Report #2000-R-0855 ( Under Connecticut law (CGS § 17b-450-452) elder abuse includes, but is not limited to, the willful infliction of physical pain, injury or mental anguish, or the willful deprivation by a caretaker of services which are necessary to maintain physical and mental health. Patient Access to Medical Records. Topic:MEDICAL CARE; PATIENTS' RIGHTS; LEGISLATION; MENTAL HEALTH; Location:PATIENTS' RIGHTS; John Kasprak, Senior Attorney This report identifies and explains state law on patient access to medical records in a question and answer format.

Patient Access to Medical Records

Throughout the report, the terms “medical records” and “health records” are used interchangeably reflecting their usage in statute. Medicare releases data on hospital errors. Medicare now offers some information on medical errors to allow patients to compare hospitals' safety records.

Medicare releases data on hospital errors

The government health plan officially released data Wednesday on eight serious and preventable medical errors that occurred at more than 4,700 hospitals nationwide. Since 2008, Medicare has not reimbursed hospitals for the care incurred by the events — including air bubbles in the bloodstream, falls, bedsores, infusions with the wrong blood type, urinary tract infections, blood infections, uncontrolled blood-sugar levels and foreign objects left in the body after surgery.

"Any potentially preventable complication of care is unacceptable," said Dr. Donald Berwick, Medicare administrator, in a statement. "We at (Medicare) are working together with the hospital and consumer community to bring hospital acquired conditions into the forefront and do all we can to eliminate harm from the very health care system intended to heal us.

" The largest hospitals in the St. If Patients Only Knew How Often Treatments Could Harm Them. Photo If we knew more, would we opt for different kinds and amounts of health care?

If Patients Only Knew How Often Treatments Could Harm Them

Despite the existence of metrics to help patients appreciate benefits and harms, a new systematic review suggests that our expectations are not consistent with the facts. Most patients overestimate the benefits of medical treatments, and underestimate the harms; because of that, they use more care. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine and written by Tammy Hoffmann and Chris Del Mar, is the first to systematically review the literature on the accuracy of patients’ expectations of benefits and harms of treatment.

They examined over 30 studies that assessed whether patients understood the upsides or downsides of certain treatments. In the patient’s best interests? Who says? Fiona Godlee, editor in chief, The BMJfgodlee{at}bmj.com “For moral autonomy it is more important to make ‘wrong’ choices than to obey instructions,” writes Michael Fitzpatrick in this week’s Head to Head debate (doi:10.1136/bmj.h5654).

In the patient’s best interests? Who says?

A ban on smoking in psychiatric hospitals would, he says, cause distress to patients and conflicts with staff. Mental health clinicians should focus on the treatment of mental illness and leave wider health decisions “to those entitled and qualified to make them—the patients.” Campagne 2010-2011.