+ Site Statistics
+ Search Articles
+ PDF Full Text Service
How our service works
Request PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
Most Shared
PDF Full Text
+ Translate
+ Recently Requested

Necessity of Observing Patient's Rights: A Survey on the Attitudes of Patients, Nurses and Physicians

Necessity of Observing Patient's Rights: A Survey on the Attitudes of Patients, Nurses and Physicians

Journal of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine 5: 2

Studying the situation of observance of patients' rights and interaction of those individuals who provide and/or receive health services are regarded as the most significant and salient parameters of qualitative evaluation of health services. The main aim of this study is to compare the attitudes of patients as recipients of healthcare services with those of physicians and nurses as representatives of healthcare providers regarding the necessity of observance of various aspects of patients' rights in three hospitals selected as representing the three models of providing medical service (teaching, private and public). This was a cross-sectional descriptive analytical study and the data were gathered using a questionnaire. Researchers helped the patients to fill in the questionnaire through interviewing and the physicians and nurses filled in their own questionnaires. The field consisted of three hospitals (a teaching general hospital, a private hospital and a public general one) all located in Tehran. The questionnaires included a set of general questions regarding demographic information and 21 questions about the necessity of observance of patients' rights. They were filled in by the interviewer for 143 patients and, after being sent to other groups, 143 nurses (response rate = 61.3%) and 82 physicians (response rate = 27.5%) filled them in. The criterion for necessity of each right was measured according to the Likert Scale [from 0 (not necessary) to 10 (absolutely necessary]. The data were analyzed using SPSS 11.5 software. Given the abnormal distribution of the data, non-parametrical tests were used. The results of this study showed that all of the study groups agreed with the necessity of almost all aspects of patients' rights and the highest level of disagreement between groups was related to patients' right of access to information and right of choosing provision provider and deciding on treatment plan. However, these disagreements were not significant altogether. According to the results, it seems that healthcare providers, especially physicians, should be better familiarized with patients' right of access to information and right of choosing and deciding. Based on the disagreement between the attitudes of the patients and physicians in this study, it seems that the patients had a higher level of expectations concerning their rights compared to physicians.

Please choose payment method:

(PDF emailed within 1 workday: $29.90)

Accession: 054560702

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 23908755

Related references

Patients, physicians and nurses: three different points of view on the same issue. Attitudes to and perceptions of patient rights. Gaceta Sanitaria 20(6): 465-472, 2007

Observance of Patient's Rights: A Survey on the Views of Patients, Nurses, and Physicians. Journal of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine 5: 5, 2012

Unsatisfied patient's rights: A survey on the views of patients, nurses and physicians. Journal of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine 5: 4, 2012

Attitudes and practices of patients and physicians towards patient autonomy: a survey conducted prior to the enactment of the Patients' Rights Bill in Israel. Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics 10(4): 119-125, 2000

Medically related professions, relationship with patients, and iatrogenic diseases. Attitudes of physicians and nurses and anxiety of the patient. Nursing Technique 27 Suppl(14): 1816-1823, 1981

The rights of psychiatric patients in China: a survey of medical staff and consumers' attitudes toward patient participation in clinical trials. Social Science and Medicine 75(5): 823-827, 2012

Data on patients' rights: 1. "Your rights as a patient at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston"; 2. Declaration of patients' rights by the American Hospital Association; 3. Physicians' Manual by the Japanese Hospital Association; 4. Declaration of patients' rights by the Japanese Committee for Preparation of Declaration of Patients' Rights (a draft). Kangogaku Zasshi 50(1): 28-32, 1986

The effect of an education-based intervention on self-reported awareness and practice of Iranian nurses in observing patients' rights. Global Journal of Health Science 7(3): 98, 2014

Evaluation of reports on manpower (public health nurses). Cooperation between physicians and public health nurses in regional public health services - a survey on the attitudes of the physicians and public health nurses. Japanese Journal for Public Health Nurse 35(7): 520-527, 1979

Future physicians' attitudes on women's reproductive rights: a survey of medical students in an American university. Journal of the American Medical Women's Association 46(6): 178-181, 1991

Knowledge and attitudes of nurses regarding patient rights: a Corum/Turkey sample. Revista Da Associacao Medica Brasileira 61(5): 452-457, 2016

A survey of the "care-cure" attitudes of physicians, nurses and their students. Nursing Forum 14(2): 145-159, 1975

Knowledge and attitudes of private practice nurses about end-of-life pain. Results of a national survey on nurses' attitudes and practices for end-of-life patients, 2005-2006. Presse Medicale 36(9 Pt 1): 1196-1202, 2007

Attitudes towards the administration of long-acting antipsychotics: a survey of physicians and nurses. Bmc Psychiatry 13: 58, 2013

Physicians' attitudes towards patients' rights legislation. Medicine and Law 20(1): 63-78, 2001