A Cross-Sectional Study: Patient Privacy According to Doctors and Nurses

Demirsoy N., Öztürk H., Acar N.

NURSING SCIENCE QUARTERLY, vol.34, no.2, pp.114-122, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Editorial Material
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0894318420987171
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.114-122
  • Keywords: clinical ethics, confidentiality, healthcare, healthcare professionals, patient, privacy, EMERGENCY-DEPARTMENT, CARE, PROTECTION, TRUST, CONFIDENTIALITY, PERCEPTIONS, PHYSICIANS, KNOWLEDGE
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


Confidentiality is fundamental in building trust between patients and healthcare professionals. This research aims at presenting healthcare professionals' opinions on patient privacy, using a 5-point Likert-type scale titled "Opinion of the Healthcare Professionals on Patient Privacy," and 262 physicians' and 231 nurses' opinions were evaluated. Results showed that nurses and doctors working at emergency services got higher mean scores than those working at other units. Results revealed that doctors had the highest mean score for the item "It is important that the patient's body is not seen by other patients and professionals during the treatment," while nurses had the highest mean score for the item "I approach with due care to protect privacy in the work environment." Results of this work highlight that patient's right to privacy constitutes one of the most significant issues to be noted by healthcare professionals.