The Excellent Care for All Act (ECFAA) ensures Ontarians receive health care of the highest quality possible. ECFAA requires Ontario hospitals to have a Patient Declaration of Values developed with public consultation that will ensure hospitals put patients first and support person-centred care.
The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) has adopted the Patient Declaration of Values for Ontario that was introduced April 2019 by the Minister’s Chair of the Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC).
What is the purpose of the Declaration?
The Declaration is a vision that articulates a path toward patient partnership across the health care system in Ontario. It describes a set of foundational principles that are considered from the perspective of Ontario patients, and serves as a guidance document for those involved in our health care system.
The Declaration champions the shift for the role of patients, families and caregivers across the health care system in Ontario and outlines expectations about values, resources and supports that should be prioritized.
This Declaration will be acknowledged at the provincial, regional, organizational, and community levels to guide the planning and delivery of health care policy, programs and services. The Declaration describes a vision that recognizes the importance of patients, families, and caregivers as partners across the entirety of the health care system.
Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance Patient Declaration of Values
Respect and Dignity
- We expect that our individual identity, beliefs, history, culture, and ability will be respected in our care.
- We expect health care providers will introduce themselves and identify their role in our care.
- We expect that we will be recognized as part of the care team, to be fully informed about our condition, and have the right to make choices in our care.
- We expect that families and caregivers be treated with respect and seen as valuable contributors to the care team.
- We expect that our personal health information belongs to us, and that it remain private, respected and protected.
Empathy and Compassion
- We expect health care providers will act with empathy, kindness, and compassion.
- We expect individualized care plans that acknowledge our unique physical, mental and emotional needs.
- We expect that we will be treated in a manner free from stigma and assumptions.
- We expect health care system providers and leaders will understand that their words, actions, and decisions strongly impact the lives of patients, families and caregivers.
- We expect open and seamless communication about our care.
- We expect that everyone on our care team will be accountable and supported to carry out their roles and responsibilities effectively.
- We expect a health care culture that values the experiences of patients, families and caregivers and incorporates this knowledge into policy, planning and decision making.
- We expect that patient/family experiences and outcomes will drive the accountability of the health care system and those who deliver services, programs, and care within it.
- We expect that health care providers will act with integrity by acknowledging their abilities, biases and limitations.
- We expect health care providers to comply with their professional responsibilities and to deliver safe care.
- We expect we will be proactively and meaningfully involved in conversations about our care, considering options for our care, and decisions about our care.
- We expect our health records will be accurate, complete, available and accessible across the provincial health system at our request.
- We expect a transparent, clear and fair process to express a complaint, concern, or compliment about our care and that it not impact the quality of the care we receive.
Equity and Engagement
- We expect equal and fair access to the health care system and services for all regardless of place of origin, background, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, marital or family status, education, ethnicity, race, religion, socioeconomic status or location within Ontario.
- We expect that we will have opportunities to be included in health care policy development and program design at local, regional and provincial levels of the health care system.
Note: The purpose of this Patient Declaration of Values, drafted by the Minister’s Patient and Family Advisory Council in consultation with Ontarians, is to articulate patients’ and caregivers’ expectations of Ontario’s health care system. The Declaration is intended to serve as a compass for the individuals and organizations who are involved in health care and reflects a summary of the principles and values that patients and caregivers say are important to them. The Declaration is not intended to establish, alter or affect any legal rights or obligations, and must be interpreted in a manner that is consistent with applicable law.
Adopted: April 9, 2019