Health care students’ views on Protecting Patients’ Privacy and Confidentiality


  • Haliza Ladis
  • Yusrita Zolkefli



Healthcare students, Patients, Privacy, Confidentiality, Dignity, Brunei


In health care services, current technological advancements have made it easier to intervene with
a person’s private life; thus, the need to ensure patients’ entitlement to privacy and confidentiality
increases.The study explores nursing and midwifery students’ perspectives on protecting patients’
privacy and confidentiality through knowledge and insights gained from clinical experiences.The study
was conducted using a qualitative approach through focus group discussions with 48 first-year nursing
and midwifery students from two nursing institutions in Brunei Darussalam. Three themes were derived
from the findings of the study: (1) Dignity of patients, (2) The values of privacy and confidentiality, and
(3) Duty and everyone’s responsibility.The findings have shown that the students understand and know
the value of privacy and confidentiality and agreed that protecting patients’ privacy and confidentiality
are their moral duty and obligation.

Author Biographies

Haliza Ladis

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Nursing), PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam,

Yusrita Zolkefli

Assistant Professor, PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam