Professional ethics and patients' rights: past realities, future imperatives.

  title={Professional ethics and patients' rights: past realities, future imperatives.},
  author={M J Johnstone},
  journal={Nursing forum},
  volume={24 3-4},
The nature and application of professional ethics in relation to patients' rights is not always clearly understood by healthcare professionals. As a result, patients' rights are not always respected or upheld in a way that they ought to be. An undersirable consequence of this has been that patients have suffered otherwise avoidable harms. The issue of professional ethics and patients' rights is one of concern to all healthcare professionals. It is of particular concern to nurses since they are… CONTINUE READING

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