Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Bioethics among Doctors in a Tertiary Care Government Teaching Hospital in India
- *Corresponding Author:
- Misbahuddin Mohammad
MD, King Abdulaziz University
Jeddah, Saudi arabia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: August 01, 2011; Accepted Date: October 19, 2011; Published Date: October 22, 2011
Citation: Mohammad M, Ahmad F, Rahman SZ, Gupta V, Salman T (2011) Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Bioethics among Doctors in a Tertiary Care Government Teaching Hospital in India. J Clinic Res Bioeth 2:118. doi: 10.4172/2155-9627.1000118
Copyright: © 2011 Mohammad M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Human subjects’ participation in medical research has often raised ethical concerns. After Nazi exploitation; various Guidelines & Declarations were prepared, but still unethical behaviour of healthcare practitioners is being reported. After graduation and entering into practical field; sudden exposure to challenges makes it difficult to take decisions, which shows a lacuna in traditional medical training. There are debates about inclusion of practical ethics in medical curricula. Present study assesses the knowledge, attitude and practices of healthcare ethics among doctors in a government teaching hospital. A self-administered structured questionnaire was devised, tested and distributed (n = 172). Faculty and residents were compared using Chi square test and the residents’ responses in different years of residency were compared using Chi square test followed by Kendall’s tau-c test to find correlation. Faculty was more aware of the guidelines. About 77.8% faculty and 48.5% residents were aware of Institutional Ethical Committee (IEC), and about 37.5% from faculty and 23.5% from residents were satisfied with IEC. Faculty encountered ethical problems more often (62.5% vs 45.5%) than residents. Source of knowledge of bioethics was multiple. Departmental lectures were not preferred mode of learning (8.8%). Colleague was most preferred mode of consultation for any problem. Some residents faced ethical problem in publication. All faculty and 94.1% residents felt the need for further education on bioethics. There was negative correlation (-0.3, p<0.001) between the frequency of ethical problems and residency years. There is an urgent need to include formal training of practical ethics and make departmental learning more interesting.