This is the fourth article in a four-part series that considers the issues of patient autonomy, privacy and informed consent. The article discusses these issues in the context of surgical patients and their nurses. There is an abundance of references to issues of autonomy and informed consent within the healthcare literature, although there are few empirical studies investigating these issues within practice. The issue of privacy has been somewhat less explored than that of autonomy or consent, particularly in the UK literature. This article reports the findings of a Scottish study that formed part of a multisite comparative study funded by the European Commission. A convenience sample of surgical patients (n = 282) and their nurses (n = 260) participated in the study. Data were collected by means of a self-completion questionnaire for both patients and nursing staff. Results indicated that there are significant differences in patient and staff perceptions on issues of patient autonomy, privacy and informed consent. However, the most marked difference in perceptions of patients and staff were found on the information-giving element of the autonomy subscale. Implications for nursing practice, education and research are highlighted.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2003|
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