Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology


Knowledge and attitude of health care ethics among MBBS students


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Author Details: Suja Purushothaman, Deepalaxmi salmani, Somashekhar S., K. I. King, Santhi Reghunath, Bishara Pushka

Volume : 4

Issue : 1

Online ISSN : 2394-2126

Print ISSN : 2394-2118

Article First Page : 97

Article End Page : 99


Abstract

Background: The medical curriculum doesn’t sensitize the students about medical ethics. The Indian Medical Graduates (IMGs), once they finish their internship and come out for clinical practice, often end up in dilemma when they encounter cases with ethical issues.
Objectives: This study aims to assess the knowledge and attitudes of MBBS students to health care ethics.
Materials and Methods: A self-administered structured questionnaire was distributed to third and fourth year MBBS students. Out of 300, a total of 270 questionnaires were completely filled and returned. The proposal was approved by the institute’s ethics committee and written consent was obtained from each participant. The questionnaires were analyzed using SPSS version 20. Descriptive analysis was carried out for all the data.
Results: There was grossly insufficient knowledge about bioethics in majority of IMGs. There was also inadequate information regarding ethics administration with 50% being unaware about the existence of ethics committee in the institute. Majority were unaware about the procedural codes to be used in ethical issues.
Conclusions: The IMGs knowledge about health ethics and its implications are poor and insufficient. It is therefore imperative to include health care ethics in a structured way into the current medical curriculum.

Keywords:
Indian Medical Graduates (IMGs), Health Care Ethics, Ethics Committee