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Knowledge and opinions of patients and medical staff about patients’ rights

Mariola Czajkowska, Anna Janik, Katarzyna Zborowska, Ryszard Plinta, Anna Brzek, Violetta Skrzypulec-Plinta
DOI: 10.5603/GP.a2021.0014
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Objectives: The awareness of patients’ rights among medical personnel and patients themselves, together with their
opinions concerning these rights, is a challenging issue for health professionals. Patients’ rights are very specific legal
regulations that have been drafted to protect patients’ dignity and autonomy. The main objective of this research was to
assess the knowledge of patients’ rights among medical personnel of health care institutions and among patients themselves.
Specific objectives were also adopted, such as: assessment of the impact of the mode of hospital admissions on the
knowledge of patients’ rights, analysis of factors influencing the knowledge of patients’ rights and the analysis of sources
of knowledge concerning patients’ rights.
Material and methods: The study was conducted among two groups: patients and medical personnel. A group of 618 patients
(including 411 women and 207 men) and 901 medical professionals (doctors, nurses, midwives) was examined via
a questionnaire designed to verify their knowledge of patients’ rights and to collect their opinions on the applicable laws. An
integral part of the questionnaire for patients was The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS).
Results: The research showed a high knowledge of patient’s rights demonstrated by the surveyed doctors, nurses and
midwives. Good knowledge of patients’ rights among healthcare professionals was reflected in good level of informing
patients about their rights, which correlates with their high level of awareness.
Conclusions: The following conclusions were drawn based on the research: education, seniority and profession determine
the knowledge and respecting patients’ rights, the mode of admission to hospital is a factor determining the knowledge
of applicable patients’ rights, medical staff’s lack of knowledge about existing patients’ rights has a significant impact on
exercising these rights or their violation.

Abstract

Objectives: The awareness of patients’ rights among medical personnel and patients themselves, together with their
opinions concerning these rights, is a challenging issue for health professionals. Patients’ rights are very specific legal
regulations that have been drafted to protect patients’ dignity and autonomy. The main objective of this research was to
assess the knowledge of patients’ rights among medical personnel of health care institutions and among patients themselves.
Specific objectives were also adopted, such as: assessment of the impact of the mode of hospital admissions on the
knowledge of patients’ rights, analysis of factors influencing the knowledge of patients’ rights and the analysis of sources
of knowledge concerning patients’ rights.
Material and methods: The study was conducted among two groups: patients and medical personnel. A group of 618 patients
(including 411 women and 207 men) and 901 medical professionals (doctors, nurses, midwives) was examined via
a questionnaire designed to verify their knowledge of patients’ rights and to collect their opinions on the applicable laws. An
integral part of the questionnaire for patients was The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS).
Results: The research showed a high knowledge of patient’s rights demonstrated by the surveyed doctors, nurses and
midwives. Good knowledge of patients’ rights among healthcare professionals was reflected in good level of informing
patients about their rights, which correlates with their high level of awareness.
Conclusions: The following conclusions were drawn based on the research: education, seniority and profession determine
the knowledge and respecting patients’ rights, the mode of admission to hospital is a factor determining the knowledge
of applicable patients’ rights, medical staff’s lack of knowledge about existing patients’ rights has a significant impact on
exercising these rights or their violation.

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Keywords

right; patient; patients’ rights

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Knowledge and opinions of patients and medical staff about patients’ rights

Journal

Ginekologia Polska

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Ahead of Print

Article type

Research paper

Published online

2021-03-19

DOI

10.5603/GP.a2021.0014

Pubmed

33757155

Keywords

right
patient
patients’ rights

Authors

Mariola Czajkowska
Anna Janik
Katarzyna Zborowska
Ryszard Plinta
Anna Brzek
Violetta Skrzypulec-Plinta

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