BMC International Health and Human Rights (Sep 2006)

Awareness and practice of patient's rights law in Lithuania

  • Kalediene Ramune,
  • Vladickiene Jurgita,
  • Ducinskiene Danute,
  • Haapala Irja

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 6, no. 1
p. 10


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Abstract Background Patient's rights law is intended to secure good medical practice, but it can also serve to improve understanding between patients and medical staff if both were aware of their rights. Methods Awareness and practice of the new patient's rights law in Lithuanian health care institutions was explored through a survey of 255 medical staff and 451 patients in the four Kaunas city medical units in 2002. Participation rates were 74% and 66%, respectively. Results Majority of the medical staff (85%) and little over one half of the patients (56%) had heard or read about the Law on Patient's Rights (p Conclusion These results suggest a need for awareness-raising among patients to improve the practical implementation of the Patient's Rights Law in Lithuania.