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PAFMJ. 2016; 66(5): 651-656


AWARENESS AMONG HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS OF THEIR RIGHTS: A CROSS SECTIONAL SURVEY FROM TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL OF RAWALPINDI

Sumaira Masood, Mahmood-ur-Rahman, Humaira Mahmood, Shazia Nisar, Shamaila Mohsin.

Abstract
Objective: To determine the level of awareness among patients admitted in hospitals about their rights to healthcare.
Study Design: Descriptive cross sectional study.
Place and Duration of Study: Study was conducted in medical and surgical wards of Military Hospital Rawalpindi, over six months duration from April to September 2015.
Material and Methods: In-patients, aged 12 -65 years who had been admitted for more than 48 hours were included in study. Well oriented and conscious patients were requested to choose single best option for each question in self-administered questionnaire. Awareness of patients of their rights was measured by adding up correct responses and was categorized into unsatisfactory, satisfactory and good. Data were entered and analyzed in SPSS version 20. Significant p-value was taken as

Key words: Keywords: Confidentiality, Informed consent, Medical paternalism, Patient rights.



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