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Journal:   HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT   WINTER 2011 , Volume 7 , Number 4 (16); Page(s) 485 To 489.
 
Paper: 

PATIENT’S KNOWLEDGE ABOUT PTIENTS’ RIGHTS LEGISLATION

 
 
Author(s):  BATENI SAYED MOHAMMADREZA*, SAJADI ZEINAB, HOSEINI SAYED MOHSEN
 
* ISFAHAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, ISFAHAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Introduction: Guidelines and rules in the field of ethics is important to patients, but these rules entitled "Patients' Rights Legislation" are not used practically and coherently in Iran's rules. The purpose of this study was to determine the patients' awareness hospitalized in training hospitals of Isfahan city about patients' rights legislation.
Methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out in the fourth quarter of 2006, in 8 training hospitals in Isfahan city. The knowledge of hospitalized patients regarding their rights legislation was evaluated by interviewers through interviews and completing the relevant checklist. The checklist was prepared by the study of library formulation and its formal validity and reliability was confirmed by experts in this field. The contribution ratio of each hospital from requested 385 patients was determined regarding to the number of active beds and mean of patient's hospitalization period during study. Obtained data analyzed by SPSS software.
Results: Over 50 percent of patients were not aware about the patients' rights legislation. This lack of knowledge, specially was about the rights to transfer the patient during treatment to other medical centers (which requires specialized medical services care), the right to allow or not allow the use of medical information for their own case of matters, secrecy Physician and treatment team, as well as confidentiality of medical information privacy and the need for the patient by the hospital.
Conclusion: The findings of present study have indicated that most of the patients have not proper knowledge about their rights of legislation, which emphasized the importance of patients education in this regard.

 
Keyword(s): AWARENESS, PATIENTS, LEGISLATION
 
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