Respecting patients’ rights in hospitals: patients’ and health-care workers’ perspectives

Soolmaz Moosavi, Maryam Sadaat Mousavi, Ayat Ahmadi, Amirhossein Mardani, Alireza Parsapoor, Ehsan Shamsi Gooshki

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Considering the importance of respecting and observing patients’ rights, this study aimed to assess the level of observance of hospitalized patients’ rights from both patients’ and health-care workers' (HCWs) perspectives. This cross-sectional descriptive-analytic study reports the responses of 486 patients and 887 HCWs in a public referral university hospital. The study illustrates that patients and HCWs think patients’ rights are respected at a medium level; however, HCWs reported lower levels of respect for patients’ rights than patients, and senior HCWs reported even lower levels than their younger colleagues. Older patients and those hospitalized in internal medicine wards reported lower respect for autonomy and responsiveness, and patients’ companions reported lower levels of respect for patients’ rights than the patients themselves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Clinical ethics
  • Health-care providers
  • Health-care workers
  • Patients' rights

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