Awareness among MBBS Students About Rise of Violence Against Doctors

Authors

  • Divya Reddy Pannala1 , S.M. Krishna Sagar2 , Hemantha Rao Amara3 , Harshini Deshapathi4

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v21i1.2306

Keywords:

Awareness, violence, MBBS students, protective laws, competency based curriculum, doctors

Abstract

World Health Organisation defined workplace violence as incidents where employees are abused, threatened,
assaulted or subjected to other offensive behaviour in circumstances related to their work. According to an
ongoing study by the Indian Medical Association, over 75% of doctors have faced violence at work, majority
of the cases were reported from emergency wards and Intensive Care Units. In the last decade, Governments
of 19 states in India have passed laws for the protection of physicians. However, the law is not being
effectively implemented either due to lack of awareness or resistance from administration. A questionnaire
based study was conducted on MBBS students to assess their level of awareness about violence on doctors
and protection laws. The knowledge among the students about these laws was very low, which could be
improved if the topic “Violence on Doctors” is included in the new competency based curriculum, separately
in Forensic Medicine subject.

Author Biography

Divya Reddy Pannala1 , S.M. Krishna Sagar2 , Hemantha Rao Amara3 , Harshini Deshapathi4

1Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine RVM Institute of Medical Sciences, Siddipet, 2Assistant
Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, Mahavir Institute of Medical Sciences, Vikarabad, 3
Professor,
Department of Forensic Medicine, 4nd Year UG, RVM Institute of Medical Sciences, Siddipet

Published

2021-01-09

How to Cite

Divya Reddy Pannala1 , S.M. Krishna Sagar2 , Hemantha Rao Amara3 , Harshini Deshapathi4. (2021). Awareness among MBBS Students About Rise of Violence Against Doctors. Medico Legal Update, 21(1), 211-215. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v21i1.2306

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