Your Responsibilities as a Patient

Your health care is a cooperative effort between you, your physician and the staff. You have a responsibility to help us provide you with the best possible care.

To help us give you the very best care, please:

  • Provide a complete and accurate medical history when asked to do so.
  • Report unexpected changes in your condition to your physician or nurse.
  • Follow treatment recommendations given by your health care providers and discuss your concerns if you do not agree with the plan.
  • Listen to your health care providers and read the information you are given regarding rules and regulations.
  • Tell your doctor or nurse if you do not understand your treatment or what you are expected to do.
  • Be considerate of other patients and of Henry Ford Allegiance Health staff and property.
  • Report to your doctor or nurse any concerns you may have about safety risks in
  • your care.

To help your health care team manage your pain, please:

  • Ask what to expect based on your condition and treatment.
  • Talk to us about pain relief options.
  • Work with us to make a pain relief plan.
  • Let us know when pain first begins.
  • Help us measure your pain.
  • Tell us about any pain that does not get better.
  • Discuss with us any concerns you have about becoming “hooked” on pain medications. 

There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer. But you may help lower your risk by maintaining a healthy body weight, limiting how much alcohol you drink and getting regular exercise.