Patientís Rights

        The child, adolescent or adult patient has a right to be informed about his or her treatments and illness. Generally even involuntarily hospitalized patients accept appropriate treatments for their illness once they are explained to them. However the patient has a right to refuse treatment. Unless a patient presents an immediate danger to himself, herself or others in the hospital or certain circumstances exist, they should not be required to take medications or treatments they refuse. An adult patient in Maryland (laws vary from state to state) who has been certified and had a Medication Panel can, however, be required to take psychiatric medications that are needed.

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