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Table 3 Health professionals’ responses related to attitudes towards patient confidentiality (N = 410)

From: Health professionals' knowledge and attitude towards patient confidentiality and associated factors in a resource-limited setting: a cross-sectional study

Attitude towards patients’ confidentiality SD (%) DA (%) N (%) A (%) SA (%)
Confidentiality does not affect patient in any way 51(12.4) 75(18.3) 8(2.0) 182(44.4) 92(22.9)
I discuss the patient condition with them in front of others 34(8.3) 86(21.0) 58(14.1) 181(44.1) 51(12.4)
While I’m with patients I allow non-medical personnel to enter the examination room 112(27.3) 187(45.6) 15(3.7) 67(16.3) 29(7.1)
I use Lock to store patient information 16(3.9) 94(22.9) 80(19.5) 131(32.0) 89(21.7)
I use personal computer to store patient information 33(8.0) 118(28.8) 97(23.7) 118(28.8) 44(10.7)
I send patient information online 44(10.7) 116(28.3) 163(39.8) 67(16.3) 20(4.9)
I send patient information with phone 40(9.8) 109(26.6) 166(40.5) 72(17.6) 23(5.6)
I deal with the information of patients with sensitive diseases with more cautions 11(2.7) 85(20.7) 26(6.3) 181(44.1) 107(26.1)
I use virus protection software on my devices 23(5.6) 79(19.3) 97(23.7) 131(32.0) 80(19.5)
I discussed patient condition with my colleagues 20(4.9) 56(13.7) 65(15.9) 232(56.6) 37(9.0)
I discussed patient condition with colleagues in open space 52(12.7) 99(22.7) 135(32.9) 111(27.1) 19(4.6)
I discussed the patient condition with my friend outside the workplace 78(19.0) 123(30.0) 122(29.8) 72(17.6) 15(3.7)
I don’t leave my patient information on the desk 66(16.1) 153(37.3) 26(6.3) 126(30.7) 39(9.5)
I make or receive the phone call about my patient condition near others 64(15.6) 157(38.3) 32(7.8) 117(28.5) 40(9.8)
  1. SD, strongly disagree; DA, disagree; N, neutral; A, agree; SA, strongly agree