Texto & Contexto - Enfermagem
versão impressa ISSN 0104-0707
SANTOS, Ellen Cristina Barbosa dos; TEIXEIRA, Carla Regina de Souza; ZANETTI, Maria Lúcia e SANTOS, Manoel Antônio dos. Exercising the rights of health care users with diabetes mellitus: co-responsibilities among public power, health professionals, and users. Texto contexto - enferm. [online]. 2011, vol.20, n.3, pp. 461-470. ISSN 0104-0707. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-07072011000300006.
The goal of this descriptive study with a qualitative approach is to analyze Brazilian Diabetes Mellitus user knowledge about their health rights. Twelve participants with diabetes were attended in 2008 at a university center in the countryside of the state of São Paulo, Brazil, by means of an open interview. Thematic content analysis made it possible to identify three categories: the role of the public power in disseminating information; health professionals' competencies and responsibilities: the moral-ethical duty to inform; and user participation or exemption in searching for information about their rights. We emphasize the need to share information among: public power, health professionals, and users with the intent of promoting the quality of health assistance, permeated with respect for the health rights of users with diabetes.
Palavras-chave : Nursing; Diabetes Mellitus; Patient rights; Public policies; Bioethics.