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All personal information given to health personnel by a patient; must be kept confidential.
privileged communications
The unlawful touching of another person without consent.
battery
That which occurs when a person is harmed or injured because a health care provider does not meet the established or expected standards of care.
tort
Any act that causes physical harm, pain, or mental anguish.
abuse
To be exposed to laughter or mockery.
ridicule
Someone who has the power or authority to act as the representative of another.
agent
Confidential records containing information about a patient's health history and treatment.
health care records
False written statement that causes a person ridicule or contempt or causes damage to the person's reputation.
libel
An agreement between two or more parties. Most contracts have three parts: the offer, acceptance, and consideration (payment).
contract
A 1990 federal law mandating that all health care facilities comply with certain requirements relating to advance directives for health care.
Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA)
Expressing of a low opinion; detracting from the character or standing of something.
derogatory
Legal documents stating a person's desires on what measures should or should not be taken to prolong life when his or her condition is terminal.
living wills
Agreements that are stated in distinct and clear language either orally or in writing.
expressed contracts
Professional negligence.
malpractice
Unnecessarily exposing an individual or revealing personal information about an individual without that person's consent.
invasion of privacy
Making false statements that either cause a person to be ridiculed or damage the person's reputation.
defamation
Legal documents designed to indicate a person's wishes regarding care in case of a terminal illness or during the process of dying.
advance directives
Obligations that are understood without being expressed verbally.
implied contracts
A document that permits an individual to appoint another person to make health care decisions for him or her should he or she become incapacitated and unable to make these decisions.
Durable Power of Attorney (POA)
A threat or attempt to injure.
assault
Maintaining the privacy of patient information that should not be shared.
confidentiality
A condition in which a person does not have the legal capacity to form a contract and is therefore unable to enter into a legal agreement (e.g., as is the case with a minor).
legal disability
Permission given voluntarily by a person who is of sound mind after the procedure and all risks involved have been explained in terms the person can understand.
informed consent
The branch of law that focuses on wrongs against a person, property, or society.
criminal law
Obligations that are understood without being expressed verbally.
implied contracts
A threat or attempt to injure and the unlawful touching of another person without consent.
assault and battery
The branch of law that focuses on legal relationships between people and the protection of a person's rights.
civil law
Authorized or based on law.
legal
Spoken comment that causes a person ridicule or contempt or damages the person's reputation.
slander
Failure to give care that is normally expected of a person in a particular position that results in injury to another person.
negligence
Principles of right or good conduct.
ethics
Factors of care that all patients can expect to receive.
patients' rights