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Evaluation of patient rights practices in a developing country: the Edirne model for the implementation of patient rights in Turkey
  1. G V Saraçoğlu1,
  2. B Tokuç2,
  3. F Güler3,
  4. H Gül3
  1. 1Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Namık Kemal University, Tekirdağ, Turkey
  2. 2Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey
  3. 3Patient Rights Department, Health Directorate of Edirne, Edirne, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Burcu Tokuç, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Trakya University, Edirne 22030, Turkey; burcutok{at}


Objective The aim of this study was to examine the development of the implementation of patient rights and the practical course of patient rights legislation in Edirne, as well as the verbal and written applications to relevant departments between 2004 and 2008.

Methods The present study was a descriptive, retrospective and cross-sectional study. The data of the study were obtained by retrospectively reviewing records of written complaints to patient rights units and on-site solutions between 2004, the year of establishment of these units, and 2008.

Results The incidence of written and verbal complaints were calculated to be 23.1 in 100 000 and 137.9 in 100 000, respectively. The increase was 102.2% for on-site solutions, whereas it was calculated as 97.8% for written applications. It was noticed that the rate of violation judgements was high (42.5% (17/40)) in the first year the Edirne State Hospital patient rights committee was established.

Conclusions Possible problems encountered during the presentation of health services can be solved by the implementation of patient rights under the legislative guarantee. The implementation of patient rights should be considered as reflections of a socialised government on health services.

  • Patient rights
  • Edirne
  • Turkey
  • ethics committees/consultation
  • right of the institutionalised to treatment

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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