Patients' Awareness About Their Rights: A Study from Coastal South India

TitlePatients' Awareness About Their Rights: A Study from Coastal South India
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsUnnikrishnan, B, Trivedi, D, Kanchan, T, Rekha, T, Mithra, P, Kumar, N, Kulkarni, V, Holla, R, Talish, M
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Volume23
Issue1
Pagination203-214
Date Published2017
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsAWARENESS , HEALTH , Healthcare , Mangalore , Medical , Patients , PATIENTS' , PUBLIC , rights , SOUTH
AbstractRespecting patients' rights is a fundamental aspect of providing quality healthcare. The present investigation attempts to explore the awareness among patients about their rights in a coastal township in India. A questionnaire-based cross-sectional study was carried out among 215 patients admitted to the wards of a tertiary care teaching hospital in Mangalore. Awareness among patients regarding their rights varied for various issues and ranged between 48.4 and 87.4 %. Awareness about patients' rights was independent of gender, socio-economic and educational status. Doctors were found to be the most common source of information for patient's about their rights in the study. Doctors must conform to the relevant legislations and involve patients in all aspects of healthcare. There is a need to increase awareness among patients about their rights to ensure informed decisions and better health care services.
NotesUnnikrishnan, Bhaskaran 1; Email Address: unnikrishnankmc@gmail.com Trivedi, Divya 2; Email Address: divyaskandtrivedi@yahoo.co.uk Kanchan, Tanuj 3; Email Address: tanuj.kanchan@manipal.edu Rekha, Thapar 1; Email Address: rekha24thapar@rediffmail.com Mithra, Prasanna 1; Email Address: ppmithra@gmail.com Kumar, Nithin 1; Email Address: drnithin_kumar@yahoo.co.in Kulkarni, Vaman 1; Email Address: drkulkarni.vaman@gmail.com Holla, Ramesh 1; Email Address: 13rameshholla@gmail.com Talish, Mishaal 2; Email Address: mishaal7275@gmail.com; Affiliation: 1: Department of Community Medicine , Kasturba Medical College (Manipal University) , Mangalore India 2: Kasturba Medical College (Manipal University) , Mangalore India 3: Department of Forensic Medicine , Kasturba Medical College (Manipal University) , Mangalore 575 001 India; Source Info: Feb2017, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p203; Subject Term: Patients' rights; Subject Term: Health facilities; Subject Term: Health service areas; Subject Term: Medical care -- India; Subject Term: Public health -- India; Author-Supplied Keyword: Awareness; Author-Supplied Keyword: Healthcare; Author-Supplied Keyword: Mangalore; Author-Supplied Keyword: Patients; Author-Supplied Keyword: Rights; Author-Supplied Keyword: South India; NAICS/Industry Codes: 621498 All Other Outpatient Care Centers; Number of Pages: 12p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1007/s11948-016-9776-z

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