A patient refuses chemotherapy based on religious beliefs. The hospital staff must follow his decision based on which patient right?


•Patients have the right to refuse any treatment as long as he/she is competent and aware of the risks. In many circumstances, competency may need to be evaluated and a physician will sit down with them to ensure they are fully informed of the risks of refusing treatment, but refusal is their right.

Incorrect options:

•The right to informed consent does not apply since the patient is not consenting to anything.

•The right to counsel is a legal term with no association with health care.

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