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A Patient’s Right to Know and Self-Determination

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dc.contributor.author안, 선화-
dc.contributor.author유, 문숙-
dc.contributor.author김, 용순-
dc.contributor.author방, 경숙-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purposes of this study were a) to examine the level of awareness among patients of their right to know and their right to self-determination, and b) to determine the relationship between patients’ awareness of these two rights.

Method: For this descriptive-correlational study, participants were recruited at the endoscopic examination rooms of two university hospitals. Responses to self-report questionnaires were collected from 236 participants from 20 December 2007 to 10 November 2008.

Results: On the basis of a five-point scale, the average scores were 3.67 for patients’ awareness of their right to know and 2.81 for their awareness of their right to self-determination. The relationship between their awareness of these two rights was not significant. The recognition of a patient’s right to know was higher among those with a college education. Awareness of a patient’s right to self-determination varied according to age, education level, and economic status.

Conclusion: There is an insufficient awareness among patients of their rights to know and to selfdetermination,

especially for those with a lower education. Nurses should consider a patient’s right to know when providing medical treatment and to assist their right to self-determination. Systematic educational programs on patients’ rights need to be developed for both patients and medical personnel.
dc.titleA Patient’s Right to Know and Self-Determination-
dc.title.alternative환자의 알권리와 자기결정-
dc.subject.keywordPatient’s rights-
dc.subject.keywordPersonal autonomy-
dc.subject.keywordRight to know-
dc.contributor.affiliatedAuthor유, 문숙-
dc.contributor.affiliatedAuthor김, 용순-
dc.contributor.affiliatedAuthor방, 경숙-
dc.type.localJournal Papers-
dc.citation.titleKorean Journal of Medical Ethics-
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationKorean Journal of Medical Ethics, 12(2):153-164, 2009-
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