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J Multidiscip Care. 2021;10(4): 144-148.
doi: 10.34172/jmdc.2021.28
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Original Article

Patient privacy from the perspectives of perioperative nurses: a qualitative study

Zahra Royani 1 ORCID logo, Mohammad Heidari 2* ORCID logo, Zahra Sabzi 3 ORCID logo, Soheyla Kalantari 1 ORCID logo, Maryam Chehrehgosha 1 ORCID logo, Ghorban Mohammad Kouchaki 4 ORCID logo, Mahnaz Shahmiri 5 ORCID logo

1 PhD Student, Nursing & Midwifery School, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran
2 Community-Oriented Nursing, Midwifery Research Center, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran
3 Nursing Research Center, Golestan University of Medical Scienses, Gorgan, Iran
4 Department of Surgical Technology, Paramedical School, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran
5 Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran
Corresponding Author: Mohammad Heidari, Ayatollah Kashani Blvd, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran. Postal Code: 8815713471, Tel: +98-91-3185-0128, Fax: +98-38-1333-5652, Email: Heidari@skums.ac.ir

Abstract

Background and aims: Privacy is one of the most basic rights of patients. Privacy protection in the complex and stressful environment of operating room needs special attention. The aim of the study was to explore patient privacy from the perspectives of perioperative nurses.

Methods: This descriptive qualitative study was conducted in 2016 on fifteen perioperative nurses purposefully selected from a teaching hospital in Gorgan, Iran. Data were collected via in-depth semi-structured interviews and were analyzed via conventional content analysis.

Results: Participants’ experiences of patient privacy came into five main categories, namely body covering, effective communication with patient, comfort provision, care provision by same-gender healthcare providers, and ensuring patient safety. These categories were grouped into the main theme of safety-oriented care.

Conclusion: This study provides a better understanding about patient privacy in operating room and shows patient privacy as a basic need of patients. Policies and strategies are needed to improve patient privacy protection in operating room.

Keywords: Patients, Privacy, Ethics, Operating Room Nursing
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Submitted: 23 Jun 2021
Accepted: 04 Sep 2021
ePublished: 30 Dec 2021
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