Saudi Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2018  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 47-

Patient's bill of rights: Is it a challenge for quality health care in Saudi Arabia?


Beuy Joob1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Tropical Medicine, Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China

Correspondence Address:
Beuy Joob
Medical Academic Center, Bangkok
Thailand




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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Patient's bill of rights: Is it a challenge for quality health care in Saudi Arabia?.Saudi J Med Med Sci 2018;6:47-47


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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Patient's bill of rights: Is it a challenge for quality health care in Saudi Arabia?. Saudi J Med Med Sci [serial online] 2018 [cited 2021 Mar 8 ];6:47-47
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Dear Editor,

We read the article titled, “Patient's Bill of Rights: Is it a Challenge for Quality Health Care in Saudi Arabia?” with great interest.[1] Mahrous concluded that “This study shows that in Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah, Saudi Arabia, there is a low level of awareness among patients admitted to hospitals regarding their rights.”[1] We would like to share ideas and experience on this topic. Patients' awareness on their rights is usually low in developing countries. In our setting, according to the local accreditation guideline, information regarding patients' rights should be clearly demonstrated in all areas of the medical center.[2],[3] In addition, this information must also be displayed in all outpatient department areas. However, patients may not necessarily pay attention and carefully read the information provided. Therefore, to mitigate this problem, regardless of patients' awareness of their rights, medical personnel should consider it their responsibility to follow the ethical guidelines in professional practice on patients.[4]

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References

1Mahrous MS. Patient's bill of rights: Is it a challenge for quality health care in Saudi Arabia? Saudi J Med Med Sci 2017;5:254-9.
2Turale S. Ethical dilemmas: The challenge of advocating for human rights. Int Nurs Rev 2014;61:299-300.
3Rosenberg ST. Asserting the primacy of health over patent rights: A comparative study of the processes that led to the use of compulsory licensing in Thailand and Brazil. Dev World Bioeth 2014;14:83-91.
4Wiwanitkit V. Disguised information. J Med Assoc Thai 2007;90:2541-2.