KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE OF MEDICAL ETHICS AMONG RESIDENT PHYSICIANS OF SPECIALTY CERTIFICATE IN ASEER PROVINCE, SAUDI ARABIA

Authors

  • Eman Al-Shehri
  • Aesha Farheen Siddiqui
  • Shams un Nahar Khalildr

Keywords:

Medical ethics, Medical education, Awareness, Saudi Arabia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To assess the knowledge, attitudes and practices of medical ethics among resident
doctors under Saudi commission for health specialties.
METHODOLOGY: A cross sectional descriptive study was conducted in June to December, 2016 on a
sample of 261 resident doctors, who were available on a predetermined date of interview. A
self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data, which was analysed using SPSS 20.
Frequencies and percentages were used for descriptive analysis.
RESULTS: More than one third (35.6%) of the respondents have poor knowledge and only 20% had good
knowledge of medical ethics. Regarding source of ethics knowledge, 27% residents reported experience
and 15 % reported training during residency. More respondents had positive attitude in aspects of
purpose of ethics, abandoning confidentiality, reporting examination findings as normal without doing
the examination. Most of the respondents exhibited a positive attitude by disagreeing that doctors
should accept commission by referring patients for investigations or taking incentives from drug
companies. Only 25.6% respondents reported never having encountered unethical practices by team
members while a good number reported having faced it sometimes and few (16.9%) reported frequent
such encounters.
CONCLUSION: The findings suggest that there are gaps in knowledge attitude and practice of medical
ethics among the residents, underlining the importance of strengthening medical ethics education in
Saudi Arabia.

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Published

2020-04-29

How to Cite

1.
Al-Shehri E, Siddiqui AF, Khalildr S un N. KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE OF MEDICAL ETHICS AMONG RESIDENT PHYSICIANS OF SPECIALTY CERTIFICATE IN ASEER PROVINCE, SAUDI ARABIA. J Liaq Uni Med Health Sci [Internet]. 2020 Apr. 29 [cited 2024 May 19];19(01):48-54. Available from: http://ojs.lumhs.edu.pk/index.php/jlumhs/article/view/276