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Patient Rights and Responsibilities

Patient Rights

Patients are treated with respect, consideration, and dignity.

Patients are provided appropriate privacy.

When the need arises, reasonable attempts are made for health care professionals and other staff to communicate in the language or manner primarily used by patients.

Patients are provided, to the degree known, complete information concerning their diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, and prognosis. When it is medically inadvisable to give such information to a patient, the information is provided to a person designated by the patient or to a legally authorized person.

Patients are given the opportunity to participate in decisions involving their health care, except when such participation is contraindicated for medical reasons.

Patient disclosures and records are treated confidentially, and, except when required by law, patients are given the opportunity to approve or refuse their release.

Patients have the right to refuse to participate in experimental research.

Patients have the right to change providers.

Patients may express grievances to the Director of the Student Health Service, Patricia Dirk at 701-231-8758 or and the Dean for Student Wellness, Barbara Lonbaken at 701-231-6315 or  If the grievance is unresolved at this level, a Problem/Complaint form may be completed and submitted to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at or by calling 701-231-7701.

Patient Responsibilities

Patients are to be on time and if unable to keep an appointment, to cancel immediately so another patient can be scheduled at that time.

Patients are to ask about anything they do not understand.

Patients are to provide complete and accurate information to the best of his/her ability about his/her health, any medications, including over-the-counter products and dietary supplements, and any allergies or sensitivities. 

Patients are to follow the course of treatment prescribed by his/her provider and participate in his/her care.

Patients are to be provide a responsible adult to transport him/her home from the facility and remain with him/her for 24 hours, if required by his/her provider. 

Patients are to communicate with health care personnel if their condition worsens or does not respond to treatment.

Patients are to accept personal financial responsibility for any charges not covered by his/her insurance.

Patients are to show courtesy and respect to health care personnel as well as other patients.

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Phone: +1 (701) 231-7331/ Fax: (701) 231-6132
Campus address: Wallman Wellness Center 102
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Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 5150/ PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 06, 2015 10:13:18 AM