Document Type : Original Article
Department of Community Medicine, Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Institute for Futures Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, School of Persian Medicine, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
Medical Student, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
Background: Providing accurate information to patients is an important task of the medical staff that can help establish a relationship complying with current ethical principles. The present study aimed to clarify the current status of providing information to patients about their diseases by physicians.
Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in the internal medicine and surgery wards of a teaching hospital at Kerman University of Medical Sciences. The participants, selected using the convenience sampling method, answered 13 yes/no questions about the information given to them by their physicians based on Braddock et al.’s study and the second part of the Patients’ Rights Charter in Iran.
Results: Totally, 396 patients participated in this study. The results showed that less than half of the patients confirmed their physicians had given information to them. There was a significant difference in participants’ answers to the questions on knowing about drug names (P = 0.002), drug side effects (P = 0.002), paraclinical test results (P = 0.002), and patient’s preference and consent to have awareness of adverse outcomes of the disease (P < 0.001) between patients hospitalized at internal medicine and surgery wards, and the frequency of “yes” answers was higher in patients at internal medicine than surgery ward.
Conclusion: It is recommended to offer appropriate training courses to physicians in order to further improve their relationship with patients to be able to make more informed decisions.
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