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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
Print version ISSN 0080-6234
SONOBE, Helena Megumi; BUETTO, Luciana Scatralhe and ZAGO, Márcia Maria Fontão. Cancer patients' knowledge about their legal rights. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2011, vol.45, n.2, pp. 342-348. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342011000200006.
The study objectives were: to survey the knowledge that oncology patients have about their legal rights, to identify the most known rights, and verify their knowledge about the procedure for requesting it. A survey was performed applying a checklist instrument during an interview. Participants were 42 oncology patients who were undergoing chemotherapy and their relatives. Of all participants, 57% were female; 28% were between 61 and 70 years old; 62% had completed only primary education; 72% were married; 50% had a family income of 2.6 minimum salaries. 45% were unaware of the benefits; among the existing benefits, retirement was recognized by 23%; 33% stated the medical record as the most important document; 38% had access to the information through the media; 23% had not requested any benefits and 31% reported obtaining some kind of benefit. In conclusion, nurses should work effectively to disseminate the patients' rights, so that benefits are guaranteed and their condition as citizens is respected.
Keywords : Patient rights; Knowledge; Neoplasms; Nursing.